South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday August 11, 2020
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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2
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TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGY CONNECTING PEOPLE SEPARATED BY COVID-19 AT MHS

July 2 2020 - Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) has significantly increased its use of telehealth technology to connect patients, families, and care providers at its hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
At Memorial Hospital Pembroke, more than 50 i-Pads are connected on dedicated lines between coronavirus patients and care providers so those too sick to operate the device can still be connected at all times to medical professionals on the unit. 
 
The i-Pads are especially useful for non-emergency situations that don’t require an in-room visit, reducing the burn rate of personal protective equipment and the risk to hospital personnel of potential infection.  More than 250 additional i-Pads are currently in use at Memorial’s six hospitals to keep patients and families connected through video while in-person visitation is restricted by the virus. These devices are sharable and available to any patient.
 
The technology has been so well received by patients, families, and medical staff that MHS will soon be distributing 425 more i-Pads to increase communication and supplement the patient and family-centered care it provides. “We can quickly use this devise and have a look at them (the patient) and see if they are having problems breathing and how do they look different compared to what I saw a couple hours ago. It is really another way of taking care of patients.” Dr. Ana Kelegama, hospitalist, Memorial Hospital Pembroke
 
ABOUT:
Memorial Healthcare System (www.mhs.net) is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the U.S. and a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction. It is highly regarded for a patient and family-centered approach at facilities that include Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, and Memorial Manor nursing home.
 
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