Boone, NC— Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation is using the latest technology to provide quality healthcare to their patients and reduce medical costs. Glenbridge has partnered with a Charlotte based telemedicine company, TeleHealth Solution to provide medical services to their residents so there is always access to a physician if they are experiencing a change in medical status. While patients rest in their beds, an on-screen physician conducts a virtual, face-to-face examination with a TeleMedicine device and discusses their plan of care. In the vast majority of interventions, the partnership has allowed patients to be appropriately managed at Glenbridge, avoiding a trip to the Emergency Room and an unnecessary hospital admission. This service is keeping patients comfortable in their familiar setting, while saving them the cost of an ambulance ride, an ER bill, and hospital bill.
Glenbridge immediately noticed changes after partnering with TeleHealth Solution. Facility owner Cy Pizam reports, “My staff and patients have been impressed by both the technology, equipment and the TeleHospitalist service. In addition, our hospital readmission rates have dramatically fallen which was and is the goal of the service.”
“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,”
says Waseem Ghannam, MD, MBA, a founder of TeleHealth Solution.
“As a result of our TeleMedicine service, hospital ERs are less crowded, patients remain comfortable in their facilities, and families enjoy peace of mind. Our doctors, including myself, are thrilled to make such a huge positive impact.”
Medical evaluations are thorough because TeleHealth Solution’s TeleMedicine carts are equipped with ECG leads, a digital stethoscope, a high definition camera, blood pressure monitors, and pulse oximeters, everything needed to perform a through medical examination. “Our physicians can see everything digitally so can diagnose and treat most ailments in-house,” notes Ghannam. “Patients who can stay in their own beds instead of being transferred to a hospital are happier, healthier patients.”
Coleen Anderson, Glenbridge’s administrator, says, “Our patients and their families just don’t worry about emergency situations anymore. TeleHealth Solution keeps my residents home!” She explains that the use of TeleMedicine is a proactive approach to improving patient care and clinical outcomes, while saving patients on medical costs. These virtual visits do not cost the patients at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation any money, but it can save them and Medicare thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary trips to the Hospital.