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HealthPartners Chooses VSee For Telehealth Partner: A Case Study

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If you’re looking for ways to connect providers and staff at a distance, check out this case study on one of  our telehealth projects for HealthPartners.

It showcases a scalable telemedicine solution we designed for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. The solution allows Regions to share their top-notch specialist resources with a neighboring hospital that lacks these resources – in particular, Regions is able to provide on-call neurologists for stroke and other cases. 

VSee was among four video telemedicine platforms evaluated for the project. Ultimately Regions chose VSee over three other large, well-known competitors. VSee’s telehealth expertise and its simple, yet full-featured solution made it the “superior” choice for the project.

Some VSee solution highlights include:

  1. Simple one-click sharing with live annotation so that attending and consulting physicians can review CT scans together in real time
  2. The ability to quickly design and implement a customized interface that integrated into its current workflow
  3. Custom interface is designed to scale triage & specialty consults to other departments such as burn, trauma, etc. 
  4. The ability for consulting physicians to answer a call from their mobile devices
  5. The ability to remotely control pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras so distant physicians can examine patients from afar.
  6.  Cost savings!

Read the full case study to learn more.

Feds Grant $15 Million for Telehealth Program

UNM telestroke

photo courtesy UNM Center for Telehealth

Georgia O’ Keefe’s stark New Mexico landscapes makes it easy to see why this largely rural state is the ideal place for telemedicine to take root. In fact, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has been the cradle of the very successful Project ECHO video telemedicine clinic model which was started to treat liver disease patients. Now, the UNM Health Sciences Center has been  awarded $15 million by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Care Innovations Award to build on its telehealth program for treating stroke and brain injury patients.

The UNM telehealth program, also known as Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services (ACCESS), currently includes a network of 11 hospitals. The grant money will be used to expand the network to 30 hospitals across the state.  Each hospital will have its emergency rooms equipped with HD cameras and video conferencing equipment provided by the Albuquerque-based tech firm Net Medical Xpress. This will allow those local hospitals to conduct remote face-to-face consultations with UNM neurologists and neurosurgeons. This telestroke program, spearheaded by UNM neurosurgery department chair Dr. Howard Yonas, not only expects to improves access to medical care in rural communities, it also aims to reduce unnecessary medical transport costs which can be as much as $30,000 for a patient.

This CMS grant for telehealth is just one of the many indicators of the growing interest in telehealth this year.  Private telehealth companies like Doctor on Demand and Teladoc recently raised $27 million and $50 million respectively in new funding. The HRSA also just announced awarding nearly $2.5 million in grants for telemedicine and tele-emergency programs that improve rural health care. The Mayo Clinic, too, is starting its own telehealth kiosk pilot. UNM’s own Project ECHO has been discussed in both Forbes and the New York Times with its video telemedicine model which is also being used for chronic care management and has been reproduced all over the world

With UNM having Project ECHO already under the belt, VSee expects to see great things coming out of UNM’s new ACCESS program as well.

ATA Telehealth Expo 2012, Coming Up April 29!


This year VSee will be exhibiting at the biggest  telehealth event of the year: the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Conference!  Whether you are interested in

  • checking out cutting edge medical technologies,
  • meeting leaders in the telemedicine field,
  • updating yourself on the latest telemedicine and mhealth  research, policy, and practices,
  • hearing Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) speak, or
  • getting the latest training in telehealth

Register today at http://www.ata2012.com to get your Free Expo Only Pass, and we hope to see you at the conference April 29-May 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

 width=VSee HD group video chat and application-sharing software is currently used by MDLiveCare for calling doctors from the home, Parkview hospital for remote stroke care, UCSF for remote ultrasound, Stanford hospital for medical interpretation, and Kaiser Permanente for remote allergy consultation.  An NIH paper published in the Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth showed that VSee works even over home networks including 3G and 4G unlike Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg.

VSee will be in booth No. 1544.  You can also check out the full List of Over 200 Exhibitors and Floor Plan here.  Hope to see you there!

When:  April 29 – May 1, 2012
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA

VSee Booth: No. 1544


Video Link: 2011 ATA show floor movie

About ATA

“The American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery.” – www.americantelemed.org

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