King's Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss. and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss. have agreed to a telemedicine partnership which will give patients access to neurology and pulmonology specialists remotely.
Using the REACH Access platform, the 122-bed King's Daughters Medical Center can now diagnose and treat stroke and lung diseases without transporting the patient to another facility. This will result in shorter treatment windows and will frequently save the patient the added expense and stress of being transported to a different hospital, the medical center’s officials said.
Like many other parts of the U.S., rural Mississippi is underserved by specialty physicians. The state is plagued by high incidence of stroke, which requires immediate attention from a qualified stroke specialist, typically a neurologist. For some types of strokes, timely administration of a clot-busting drug can mean the difference between a healthy life and one with permanent disability. Mississippi also has a high volume of patients who suffer from lung-related illnesses like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Emergency department patients at King's Daughters are now able to consult with medical specialists without needing to travel or be transported. Emergency department clinicians and consulting physicians use the REACH Access platform to conduct joint examinations and share critical medical data and images. REACH Health was a pioneer in telestroke and now provides one enterprise telemedicine solution for multiple specialties, with pulmonary, psychiatry, cardiology, neurology and ICU applications.
"Innovative medical centers like King's Daughters use REACH Access to make critical time-sensitive decisions for emergency department patients," Steve McGraw, president and CEO of REACH Health, said in a statement. "Depending on the situation, there may be no time – or no need – to transfer the patient to a larger hospital for evaluation or treatment."