Telemedicine expedites emergency care in rural hospitals

A University of Iowa study found that utilizing telemedicine in emergency departments (ED) improved the time patients were seen in rural hospitals by six times than in hospitals without telemedicine.

The study reviewed information from more than 120,000 encounters at 14 rural hospitals in South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota. It also revealed that the length of stay in the ED was shorter for patients that had telemedicine care and that patients went from door-to-provider 15 minutes faster if the first clinician assessment involved telemedicine.

For more information on the study conducted by Dr. Nicholas Mohr, click here.