When they landed on the moon in 1969, Neil Armstrong and the rest of the Apollo 11 crew made history in a way you may not know: The astronauts were wearing devices that allowed NASA to monitor their health on another planet.
Today, that early example of what’s now known as telemedicine has taken a strong hold in health care down here on Earth as more everyday providers and patients use this innovation to communicate.
Nice to ‘see’ you, doc!
Telemedicine (sometimes referred to as telehealth) uses computers, phones and mobile devices to deliver healthcare remotely.
Because of its convenience and cost savings, telemedicine is a growing trend with at least 200 networks and 3,500 service sites in the United States.
Carson Valley Medical Center’s telemedicine program uses secure video conferencing technology to enable long-distance medical care between patients in the Carson Valley and medical providers and specialists throughout Northern Nevada, allowing patients to receive specialized care close to home.
Appointments are conducted with a nurse in the room with the patient, while video conferencing with the specialist. A stethoscope outfitted with audio technology can be used so the specialist can listen to the patient’s internal sounds.
WHY use Telemedicine?
Telemedicine allows convenient access to medical expertise not available in all communities. Patients stay close to work, home and family while minimizing the cost and hassle of long-distance travel for medical care.
HOW do I access Telemedicine?
Ask your physician if Telemedicine is an option for you, or call 775.782.1658 to find out if there is a Telemedicine specialist within our network of physicians, to meet your needs.
Specialists Available Through Carson Valley Medical Center’s Telemedicine Program:
- Diabetes Management
- Infectious Disease
- Wound Care
To learn about how we’re using telemedicine to benefit our patients, visit http://www.cvmchospital.org/telemed.