Texas hospital launches telemedicine services for cardiac patients

Richmond, Texas-based OakBend Medical Center implemented a telemedicine cart that allows the health system's cardiologists to virtually examine patients to determine whether they should be admitted to the hospital.

The cart can be moved directly to the patient's bedside so the OakBend Medical Center clinician can use video technology to monitor and examine the patient while he or she is at a different facility. Additionally, the technology can sync with the patient's medical chart as well as listen to the patient's heart and view heart rhythm.

"Using telemedicine allows us to bring our specialists right to our patients," OakBend Medical Center CEO Joe Freudenberger said in a news release. "They no longer need to drive to our main campus in Richmond; they are able to go to our Wharton (Texas) hospital and do a consultation from there."

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