Tampa General opens telemedicine station for hospital staff

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital opened on Oct. 15 a standalone booth within the hospital in which employees can access on-demand, real-time consultations with physicians and automated pharmaceutical services.

Tampa General is the first facility to deploy the telemedicine station, which was developed by Clearwater, Fla.-based OnMed and is designed to be placed in hospitals, colleges, airports, hotels, office buildings and more. Hospital staff can meet with a physician via high-definition audio and video and, once diagnosed, receive common medications through the booth's secure, automated vault.

The station can also measure height, weight and BMI, perform thermal imaging to read body temperature and take blood pressure, respiration and blood oxygen saturation readings. The HIPAA-compliant booth is equipped with privacy glass, as well as ultraviolet surface and air sanitization.

With the telemedicine station successfully deployed at Tampa General, the hospital will continue to work alongside OnMed to install the stations in consumer-facing areas throughout the community, according to Adam Smith, the hospital's senior vice president of ambulatory services.

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