Partners Reach Across Missouri for Telemedicine
Healthcare providers from outside the state of Kansas
are taking note of the University of Kansas Center for
Telemedicine & Telehealth. On Feb. 18, representatives
from a joint telemedicine initiative of St. Anthony’s
Medical Center and Saint Louis University traveled across
the state to learn about our program, which has been
providing clinical connections to remote telemedicine
sites throughout Kansas since 1991.
The University of Kansas Medical Center and the
two Missouri institutions have much in common.
St. Anthony’s Medical Center, the third largest
medical center in St. Louis, is a 767-bed hospital
with more than 800 staff members. Saint Louis University
Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Saint
Louis University School of Medicine and enjoys
an academic teaching reputation for innovation.
It is one of the top academic research institutions
in the country. All three organizations share a
deep dedication to community outreach and a commitment
to greater rural access of healthcare services.
The two St. Louis hospitals are developing a joint
telemedicine system to improve time management
and access to providers. After contacting KUCTT,
eight representatives of clinical, administrative
and information technology interests from St. Anthony’s
Medical Center joined KUCTT director Ryan Spaulding,
PhD, and Gretchen Patch, manager of clinical projects
for KUCTT, to discuss the organizational structure,
operational issues and clinic scheduling protocols.
Time was also spent observing interactive video
conferences led by Gary Doolittle, MD, professor
of hematology/oncology and medical director for
KUCTT and the Midwest Cancer Alliance and Steve
Owens, MD, a cardiologist with Mid-America Cardiology
at KU Medical Center.
Dr. Doolittle conducted his weekly oncology televideo
consultations with a patient at Horton (Kan.) Community
Hospital. After his consultation, Dr. Doolittle,
who has been with KUCTT since its inception, answered
questions and shared experiences gained in his
many years with the program.
Dr. Owens conducted his bimonthly clinic with
a remote site at Horton Community Hospital. He
explained that his televideo conferences are generally
follow-up consultations with patients that have
been seen in person for their initial visits at
the KU Medical Center or in Dr. Owens’ periodic
trips to Horton.
"Having the chance to see the center in operation
was a tremendous help to our group," said
John McGuire, executive vice president – corporate
finance, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. "We
are in the early stages of planning and the experience
will be very valuable in shaping the direction
of our project development. It was very informative
to see your operation and get to sit in on the
Mr. McGuire was particularly interested in the
decentralized way KUCTT extends telemedicine to
private offices, utilizing the existing office
computers rather than building dedicated suites. "Your
emphasis on decentralization will probably change
the way we are planning on approaching this portion
of the project."
To learn more about this
visit, please contact Gordon
Alloway, Project Director.
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