A new nurse was on duty a few weeks ago in the emergency room at the Phillips County Hospital in Phillipsburg, Kan., when paramedics arrived with a critically injured patient.
She immediately pushed the red button on some newly installed equipment. Seconds later, a seasoned ER nurse and board-certified doctor sitting at a bank of monitors 380 miles away in Sioux Falls, S.D., were using a high-definition camera and other diagnostic equipment to monitor the patient, give advice and document everything the on-site nurse was doing to save the patient’s life.
You’ve heard of telecommuting, telekinesis and televangelism – but what about telemedicine? On Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at developments in a technology that helps doctors treat patients remotely – improving patient care everywhere from urban schools to rural areas.