Avera Medical Group Pierre’s Implementation of an eConsult Program: Bringing Specialty Practices to Patients in Rural South Dakota

Ann Pommer (Avera Medical Group Pierre, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 151
EISBN13: 9781466641440|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2671-3.ch009
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The manner in which health care is delivered to patients has evolved significantly through the years. Technology has played an important role in that evolution. This case study explores one way health care organizations are investing in advanced health care technologies to deliver services to patients when the patients are not in the same room as the providers. This study explores the implementation of an eConsult program, also known as telemedicine, at Avera Medical Group Pierre. This study will discuss the process of implementing an eConsult program, the equipment needed to provide eConsults, privacy, and billing concerns, and the facility’s future plans for expanding the telemedicine services they offer. Overall, this case study strives to show that implementing telemedicine can be a relatively easy process of embracing technology, which can greatly benefit patients.
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