Unveils Telemedicine Pilot Program To Expand Medicine Delivery
In a related development, Cisco announced what it
calls a ground-breaking telemedicine pilot program initiative with
Molina Healthcare, two community health centers in San Diego and the
state of California to provide health and wellness services to
underserved communities throughout the state.
More than 15 sites will be equipped to deliver
telemedicine primary and specialty care services, using Cisco
HealthPresence, a care-at-a-distance technology solution that combines
state-of-the-art video, audio and medical information to create a
patient care experience similar to the common medical encounter when
patients visit their health care providers.
The availability of a care-at-a-distance network
will give patients easier access to doctors and specialists that equals
or exceeds an in-person medical visit, Cisco said.
As part of this program, Cisco is contributing $10
million of product, services and support.
The pilot program complements the California
Telehealth Network, a statewide coalition of healthcare, technology,
government, and other stakeholders, to use and build on the
state’s recent investments in telehealth.
The participating organizations include Molina
Healthcare, Mountain Health and Community Services, and La Maestra
Community Health Centers will use Cisco HealthPresence to deliver
primary and specialty care services. The University of California at
Davis is currently working to join as well.
The Association of American Medical Colleges has
estimated that due to population growth, aging and other factors the
country is facing a potential shortage of 159,000 primary care
physicians by 2025.Telemedicine technologies help scarce healthcare
professionals reach the widest patient population most efficiently.
HealthPresence includes integrated
state-of-the-art medical diagnostic equipment to provide healthcare
professionals with evaluative capabilities and it allows both doctors
and patients to participate and immerse themselves more than in-person
visits or telemedicine initiatives of the past.
Through the use of high-definition cameras and
electronic scopes, patients will also be able to see and listen to the
medical examination in the same way as the clinician, allowing for more
informed interactions with physicians.
HealthPresence also enables multiple members of a
patient’s care team – primary care provider,
specialist physicians, care manager, family members and others
– to meet in real-time, regardless of location or distance.
This supports better care collaboration and patient management.
Although HealthPresence has been piloted for two
years in clinical settings, Cisco said this initiative serves as a
proof-of-concept for it and its partners to demonstrate the value of a
scalable, cost-efficient telemedicine network that scales the medical
workforce and scarce clinical expertise.
Addresses: Molina Healthcare, 1 Golden Shr, Long
Beach, CA 90802; (562) 435-3666, www.molinahealthcare.com.
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