When a great idea takes off, it’s surprising where it can take you. Recently, we’ve answered a need for a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) program via telemedicine at a large Alabama hospital. The 150-bed acute care facility is now able to offer services for women with high-risk pregnancies. It is the first hospital in its metropolitan area to offer those services onsite.
One area that is often behind the scenes but a key driver in a timely telemedicine program start is the credentialing and licensing process. Many telemedicine companies outsource their program to save costs. At Eagle Telemedicine, better results and consistent support means we do it ourselves.
After 10 years of providing telemedicine programs to hospitals, we’ve had time to carve out a specific niche in the market. We know what makes us different from other telemedicine companies, so we’ve taken time to put those differentiators down on paper in a new Telemedicine Playbook: “What to Look for When Choosing a Provider – Six Tips for Success.”
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Previously, in the third series installment, we had moved into the Mock-Go-Live discussions, the real-time practice sessions that put everything into perspective regarding what was learned and discovered in the implementation. In this post, we move to the program Go-Live.
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Previously, in the second series installment, we had moved into the weekly implementation discussions. In this post, we turn our attention to the Mock Go-Live sessions.
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Part I dealt with the importance of the “kick-off” call to get things rolling with the implementation of a telemedicine program. The “kick-off” sets the stage, creates clear expectations of the implementation, and facilitates clear and transparent communication, but now the implementation process begins in earnest. Next up in the implementation process is the start of weekly implementation discussions.
At first glance, one might think that telemedicine wouldn’t be the best medium for diagnosing and treating patients with infectious diseases (IDs). There is, after all, nothing to “listen to” in conditions of sepsis, infected wounds from diabetes or other ailments, meningitis, osteomyelitis, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) or other infections—nothing a stethoscope on a videoconferencing cart can pick up from the sound of a patient’s heartbeat or stomach. But look again.
Over the past few months, your team has decided that an Eagle Telemedicine solution is the right strategy for meeting the specific and unique needs of your hospital. Now that you’ve accomplished the “what,” it’s time to talk about the “how.” Enter Phase Two: implementation. Having completed hundreds of implementations in a wide variety of specialties, we have created a replicable playbook that enables rapid start-up and clear, concise monitoring on a go-forward basis.
Telemedicine. The evolution continues. For hospital administrators today, the conversation has switched from “What is Telemedicine?” to “How do I get a Telemedicine program started?” In every situation where inpatient telemedicine is considered, return on investment (ROI) factors prominently in the decision. The four key factors hospitals should consider: Impact on transfers, improved clinical metrics, patient and family satisfaction, and physician retention.
We’ve written frequently about the growing acceptance of telemedicine by hospital clinical staff, patients and their families. Still, we do encounter naysayers along the way.