The USDA recently announced that it would grant more than 1.3 million to fund three telecommunications projects across the state of Nevada. I’m pleased to announce that Renown Health received nearly $440,000 to assist with our TeleHealth program. Alongside Renown Health, both the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Elko County School District received funds from the USDA.
Nevada is a big state and people live all over it. Some these people live nearby major medical centers, but those who live in more remote areas may find that getting to a major medical center costs them time and resources that they simply do not have. Renown’s TeleHealth program provides acute and ambulatory healthcare services to a number of rural healthcare communities in both Nevada and California. With these additional funds, we will be able to assist over 21 rural communities. Additionally, we will be able to connect patients, families, and caregivers with area emergency and elective healthcare services in eight counties throughout Nevada and three counties throughout California.
TeleHealth has a number of different facets to it. Virtual Visits allow patients to see a provider using a mobile device or computer. Hospital Telemedicine allows doctors to hold immediate, virtual consultations with other medical professionals to help diagnose conditions and come up with the most effective treatment plan. Speciality Care allows you and your healthcare provider to hold interactive discussions with specialist for a collaborative diagnosis and treatment plan. Telestroke puts remote doctors in contact with Renown neurologists for quick evaluations. Additionally there are Wellness Classes and Support Groups to help patients stay health and Patient Health Monitoring, which helps physicians keep tabs on a patient’s health information to reduce readmission.
In many ways, Telehealth is an extension of our work with community partners. Just as we have partnered with 23andMe and the Desert Research Institute to initiate a landmark population health initiative, so are we reaching out to a number of healthcare providers across Reno to see how we can bring our technology and expertise to them. More and more people have quality healthcare within reaching distance. But there are still many who do not. TeleHealth and other telemedicine programs help to bring care to the patient. The future of healthcare is the future of patient experience.