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How Rural ME Hospitals Are Tackling Financial Challenges

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2014

Clark says SVH has been using telemedicine for many years and has found it to be tremendously helpful in expanding services while keeping costs down.

"One area where we've used it for about five years is the ICU, and that helps us with nursing. Our nurses can contact folks at EMMC who deal with these issues all the time. The clinicians at EMMC can actually see the patient and help determine the care for that patient or whether they should be transferred," he says.

SVH also uses telepsychiatry in its emergency department. "Sometimes in our ED, we have patients who need psychiatric care, and we're trying to figure out if they need to be transferred to another facility or if we can treat them here," Clark says.

"The doctors can speak to each other and see the patient and assess whether or not care can be continued here. That's one thing telemedicine has done for us is to allow us to expedite psychiatric care for the community."

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