Mount Sinai Health System reveals telehealth initiatives

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System is growing its telehealth offerings and has announced four new telehealth initiatives.

The Primary Care Program allows physicians in the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice to offer patients remote consultations. This initiative, led by Primary Care Associates at Mount Sinai, can help physicians monitor patients with chronic conditions who require extended follow-up care, said Aida Vega, MD, director of Primary Care Associates at Mount Sinai, in a news release.

The system is also offering a TeleStroke program, led by Aaron Tansy, MD, director of the Stroke Program at Mount Sinai Queens.

The health system has also partnered with a community healthcare center in upstate New York, offering rural patients consultations with Mount Sinai pediatric epilepsy specialists.

Additionally, Mount Sinai plans to extend telehealth technology to the emergency department with the goal of reducing readmissions and providing better outcomes by consulting with patients at home before their symptoms require a hospital admission.

"Technology has evolved to a point where it is less of a novelty in our doctors' offices and more of an essential part of our physicians' toolkits — and, indeed, an everyday part of our patients' lives," said Kumar Chatani, executive vice president and CIO of Mount Sinai Health System. "The time has come for telehealth to move to the next level by putting it into wider practice, and we're proud to have done that here at Mount Sinai."

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