University of Virginia rapidly expands telehealth program

The UVA Health System leverages a fleet of Avizia’s telemedicine carts and peripheral devices to rapidly expand its telemedicine program and keep pace with the growing demand.

Background

UVA Office of Telemedicine CoverageSince 1994, the University of Virginia Health System’s Office of Telemedicine has grown to become an international leader in telemedicine. UVA’s telehealth service lines range from clinical consultations to medical education for providers and patients across Virginia, surrounding regions, and internationally.

Challenge

Within the broad region served by the UVA Health System lies the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, one of the largest medically under served populations in the Commonwealth. Access to care is limited, resulting in increased burdens on patients who must incur additional travel time and costs. A solution was needed to care for patients and their families without the negative impact of moving people great distances or displacing them from their homes in order to provide care.

Solution

Avizia’s telemedicine carts were incorporated into the University of Virginia Health System’s comprehensive telemedicine program to extend its services into hard-to-reach areas, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce costs for both patients and the university.

Avizia has helped us break down distance barriers, giving us the chance to provide advanced, specialty care to patients that have been hard to reach in the past.
– David Cattell-Gordon, Director, Office of Telemedicine, University of Virginia

Telemedicine carts are being used for a wide range of care specialties, including:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine
  • Intensive Care
  • Obsetrics
  • Oncology
  • Stroke
  • Wound Management

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