Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's health status. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, and remote monitoring of vital signs are all considered part of telemedicine.
Telecardiology is telemedicine administered by a cardiologist. Telemedicine programs at Sacred Heart Medical Center are growing and currently include pediatric and stroke patients. Connections are made between Sacred Heart and other regional hospitals, as well as between both Sacred Heart campuses.
This telemedicine program will eventually include cardiologists at the RiverBend campus providing services for the convenience of patients throughout Lane, Linn, Benton, Douglas and Coos counties.