Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital specialty clinics, in collaboration
with Missouri Baptist Medical Center, now offer the RP-Lite Remote Presence. Commonly
known as a telehealth system, this computer device enables remote physicians to
perform comprehensive real-time evaluations of their patients.
With the physician in a remote location, the nurse places the telehealth device
near the patient. The physician, whose face and identity appear on a monitor, communicates
directly with the patient. The doctor controls the camera on the monitor to perform
the exam. The nurse places a stethoscope on the patient for the physician to hear
and assess heart and breathing sounds. Other assessments are directed and monitored
by the remote physician and are logged in the patients electronic medical record.
This equipment allows physicians to see more patients. It also offers a range of
opportunities for remote health care providers in other Hospital departments. Examination
and consultation will now be an option for specialty providers at times when they
would otherwise not be available. “We are excited with the possibilities this gives
our patients seeking specialty care,” says Gayle Weber, manager, specialty clinics.