Telemedicine links underserved patients to expert care

Over the past 40 years, telemedicine has gradually transformed the way health care is provided, particularly to patients in rural and underserved communities. Doctors and other health care specialists use two-way video, email, wireless phones and other forms of telecommunication to link patients with the medical care they need, regardless of their physical location.

PeaceHealth Oregon Region and Sacred Heart Medical Center along with our partnering organizations are harnessing the technology to increase patient access to vital medical services, as demonstrated by our participation in the Oregon Health Network and other state and federal organizations.

Telemedicine offers many benefits, including:

  • Providing access to health care closer to home
  • Allowing immediate access to specialists during emergency situations such as stroke, and faster access to specialists than through traditional office visits
  • Eliminating the need to travel long distances for specialty care or follow-up visits
  • Improving continuity of care through streamlined communication between providers
  • Allowing physicians to care for more patients in shorter time frames than a typical in-person appointment
  • Providing cost savings to both patients and the health care system