Telehealth now being used in Ironwood during Overnight hours.
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 4, 2019
IRONWOOD — Aspirus Hospital in Ironwood is now using remote technology to offer patients expanded access to physicians from 6pm to 6am overnight hours. Telehealth allows doctors to live anywhere in the world, but work where they are most needed. Aspirus hospital upgraded its high speed wireless network to ensure communication is clear with no lag time during the digital conversations. The system’s cameras have the capability to zoom in and see nearly anything in the room close up. When a patient comes into the emergency room, the hospital staff calls a telehealth provider. The remote provider then accesses the patient’s medical records using an electronic medical record system and consults with the onsite medical team to come up with a plan for taking care of the patient. Once a determination is made that the patient needs to be hospitalized, the patient is then transferred from the E.R. to a medical floor. Medical staff help the patient get situated in the room while the remote doctor visits the room via a wheeled telehealth cart. The main goal of telehealth is to keep patients local and still provide around the clock access to a doctor. So far the response from patients has been positive, especially with some older patients who are amazed with the technology being offered in Ironwood. This service is in addition to the current staff as Aspirus Ironwood.