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Wadena’s Experience with Telemedicine. FAIRVIEW-UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TELEMEDICINE NETWORK. Hibbing. Cook. Crosby. Wadena. Aitkin. Littlefork. Moose Lake. Onamia. Minneapolis. Bigfork. Mille Lacs/ Onamia. Red Wing. Mora. Telemedicine Since 1994. FUMTN Telemedicine Network

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  1. Wadena’s Experience with Telemedicine

  2. FAIRVIEW-UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TELEMEDICINE NETWORK Hibbing Cook Crosby Wadena Aitkin Littlefork Moose Lake Onamia Minneapolis Bigfork Mille Lacs/ Onamia Red Wing Mora

  3. Telemedicine Since 1994 • FUMTN Telemedicine Network • Most Specialists from UMP • Most Coordination of Services from U of M

  4. Tri-County HospitalCritical Access Hospital (25 bed) Non-ProfitLocated in Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) • 10 Family Practice M.D.’s • 1 General Surgeon • 1 Radiologist • 6 Mid-Levels (FNP/PA’s)

  5. Referral Patterns • St. Cloud – EMS Transfers • Fargo • Twin Cities – Trauma/Sub Specialists

  6. Specialty Outreach Table Telemedicine

  7. TCH Specialty Outreach Table Onsite

  8. TCH Telehealth Applications • Teleradiology (MD to Rural Health Clinics) • Telepharmacy (RPH to Rural Health Clinics) • Wound Care (RN to long term care facility) • Speech Therapist to schools • 16-Bed Psych Hospital to ER Triage • Jail Health – ER Triage Telehome care, hospice, home monitoring, med compliance

  9. Equipment • Down from $100,000 to under $10,000 • Ongoing Line Charges (Universal Services – equalize rural rates to urban rates)

  10. Video

  11. Why Do Telemedicine? • Avoids travel – for patients/providers • Makes increased outreach possible • Stretches scarce health professionals • Keeps revenue in local community

  12. Revenue Example for Outreach Telemedicine“Episodes or Care” - Orthopedics • Facility Fee • X-rays, scans • Labs • Rehab PT/OT • Home Health Care • Swing Beds • Specialist fees paid same as face-to-face

  13. Why it works in Wadena • Specialist M.D. Access through UMP • Need is present • Wadena M.D.’s supportive, make referrals • All specialty visits conducted same face-to-face online • Gold standard equipment and telecommunication service provider • Excellent nurses, supportive Administration

  14. Patient and MD Satisfaction: 99%

  15. For more information or to visit Wadena, please contact: • Maureen Ideker, RN, Director of Patient Care Services 218-631-7481 or maureen.ideker@tricountyhospital.org • Robin Klemek, RN, Outreach Manager 218-631-7497 or robin.klemek@tricountyhospital.org