Telehealth Comes of Age in Philly
Penn Medicine located in Philadelphia has consolidated its telemedicine services into one, giant technically advanced hub called the Center for Connected Care.
This technical epicenter is one of the largest in the country and employs fifty full-time staff members. Service is available to patients and clinicians 24-hours per day. Penn’s high-tech healthcare facility links obstetricians to trauma surgeons when caring for at-risk or injured pregnant women.
Penn integrates vendor technologies into their health record system for applications using both video and audio tools.
A New Spin on Healthcare
Surprisingly, Penn Medicine uses only their own providers. When asked about this Chief Medical Information Officer, C. William Hanson, MD responded that they have developed “Penn-specific provider education on how to conduct telemedicine visits and individualized workflows for each of the many areas in which we’re using this model of care.”
Some of the new services Penn Medicine will provide are specialty services for adolescents, therapies for complex neurological conditions, and sleep disorders. This new telehealth center is an extension of Penn’s long-term strategic goals and their mission of helping “patients get the care they need when they need it.”