SALT LAKE CITY, May. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Utah-based TruClinic and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Utah announced a joint agreement which enables HealthSouth to utilize TruClinic's telemedicine technology for discharge planning and continued communication via a hub and spoke system, connecting patients with their health care providers. The referring doctors now have real time capability to follow up patients' progress.
HealthSouth looked to telemedicine alternatives in order to reduce inefficient practices in the referral and rehabilitation process of its patients. When opportunities for care advancement were identified, HealthSouth officials became aware of TruClinic and recognized the abundant possibilities of using the platform. The three primary uses of the technology HealthSouth will employ are:
- Post-surgical patient care. Post-op and physical updates conducted in-person take up unnecessary time and resources of patients, providers, and HealthSouth personnel. Using the TruClinic platform will eliminate time spent in transit and registration, as well as removing the need for an onsite exam. Patients will continue to complete 180 minutes of therapy every day, uninterrupted by in-person visit constraints.
- Medical staff consultations. Patients can now be seen virtually for post-op and rehab monitoring during normal business hours as well as after hours. All monitoring device measurements and patient vitals can now be monitored and updated by onduty medical personnel onsite, without the patient or the virtual care provider present in the same location.
- Continued Communication. HealthSouth also plans to use this system to strengthen the communication and monitoring of patients, after discharge, when in a home healthcare setting.
"TruClinic is the perfect fit for HealthSouth. The hospital has multiple areas where TruClinic fills a need. From discharge planning to home health and hospice, TruClinic meets the current and future needs both inside and outside the hospital, by connecting the care teams and every provider that has a touch point with the patient. HealthSouth has been an engaging partner and we look forward to continued collaboration," stated TruClinic's CEO Justin Kahn.
"We are thrilled with how this technology can advance the effective and efficient delivery of the high quality of patient care we expect," added HealthSouth Utah's CEO Jeff Frandsen.
Looking ahead, HealthSouth plans to use TruClinic to account for post discharge expense and throughout its home health programs to interface with the care teams throughout the post discharge process.
TruClinic™ provides webbased telemedicine solutions for providers, payers and organizations in the healthcare industry. The company offers a secure, high definition video communication system, as well as a suite of practice management products that extend the reach of healthcare. TruClinic's mission is to make telemedicine available to everyone by providing simple, secure and convenient solutions. Follow on Twitter (@TruClinic), visitTruClinic, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-3400410.
HealthSouth is one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 33 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. Visit HealthSouth.
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