12 hospitals, health systems launching telehealth services

Here are 12 hospitals and health systems that implemented telehealth technology and services in May:

1. Minneapolis-based Allina Health and Hayward (Wis.) Area Memorial Hospital launched a telemedicine program geared toward expanding virtual neurology care.

2. AdventHealth Dade City (Fla.), part of AdventHealth system in Altamonte Springs, Fla., added Advanced ICU Care's remote monitoring technology for patients in its intensive care unit.

3. The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston will ramp up investments in its transplant telehealth program throughout the rest of the year.

4. Hazard, Ky.-based Appalachian Regional Healthcare System will launch Advanced ICU Care's remote monitoring technology for intensive care unit patients across all 12 of its hospitals.

5. Ochsner LSU Health Monroe (La.), an Ochsner Health System hospital, is adding videoconferencing technology and more care training to its intensive care unit telemedicine program.

6. Lubbock-based Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center received a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase its telemedicine services in rural areas of the state.

7. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago is partnering with Angola, Ind.-based Cameron Memorial Community Hospital to offer telehealth care to pediatric patients with orthopedic and spine conditions.

8. Pittsburgh-based UPMC launched its new telemedicine company Infectious Disease Connect on May 16 to help hospitals that are experiencing shortages in infectious diseases specialists provide care to patients.

9. Mountain Home, Ark.-based Baxter Regional Medical Center partnered with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock on a pilot program that uses telemedicine to increase the speed of stroke care.

10. Ft. Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health is offering a new virtual care service that allows patients to use telehealth to receive treatment and prescription medication from their providers.

11. Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina will begin providing telehealth services to Hampton Regional Medical Center in Varnville, S.C.

12. Bangor, Maine-based St. Joseph Healthcare installed a telemedicine system for its rheumatology department to offer appointments to patients who are unable to travel to the hospital.

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