Case Study: The Advantages of Telecardiology Support
At the Heart of Saving Lives
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States; the number of patients with heart disease is increasing while access to available cardiologists is decreasing. This is especially true in rural settings. Health systems need to facilitate increased patient engagement and access to more convenient specialty care to improve outcomes.
Through the use of telehealth, CIS cardiologists wanted to provide remote coverage for hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, and EDs. Bringing care directly to the patient curbs unnecessary transfers of low-acuity patients away from the community and ensures only high-acuity patients end up in high-acuity settings. CIS emphasized the need to bring real-time audio/video (A/V) communication to covering locations, rather than just supplemented support.