Telehealth Services


The UPTN addresses the difficult issue of access to further education for rural healthcare professionals. Geographic location no longer remains an issue, the UPTN offers a full range of quality educational services for Upper Peninsula healthcare providers. Through Telehealth, staff continue to access on going educational opportunities, increasing the range of skills in the provision of health care in their local communities.

906-225-3018  or 1-800-562-9753  ext. 3018



Family Visits

Families of patients throughout the region can utilize the telehealth technologies to connect with their loved ones from a distance. Videoconferencing provides a mechanism for families that cannot visit their loved ones while they are hospitalized related to weather, work, or distance.

Patients and families who have taken advantage of this technology include; patients in neutropenic precautions with young children who could not physically enter the rooms, patients who have been hospitalized for a long period of time who need/want to talk with their local support system some distance away, babies who are transferred to the NICU while mother recovers at a distant location, precious goodbyes to those patients facing their end of life, and hospitalized patients waiting to be part of a significant family event.

If you are interested in more information about utilizing telehealth technologies call 906-225-3018.
Or you can discuss this with the social workers, discharge planners, or nurses caring for your loved one.

Medical Case Conference
Video conferencing technology allows confidential live interactive discussions about patient cases.

These cases are discussed in meetings such as our weekly “Tumor Board” which is a group of oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologist, pathologist, case managers, and primary care physicians who discuss individual cases and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Tumor board case conferences require teleradiology (remote viewing of images and films), telepathology (remote viewing of specimens) and live interactive discussion with multi-speciality practitioners.


JCAHO Telemedicine Requirements

Final revisions to requirements related to the credentialing and privileging of telemedicine practitioners in hospitals and critical access hospitals. 
Standards LD.04.03.09, MS.13.01.01, and MS.01.01.01
 
Prepublication Standards – effective immediately.
Please refer to your organizations JCAHO manual for detailed information in regards to the standards, rationale, elements of performance, and scoring.
Definitions

Distant Site:

The site where the practitioner providing the professional service is located.

Originating Site:
The site where the patient is located at the time the service is provided.

Telemedicine:
The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications for the health and education of the patient or healthcare provider and for the purpose of improving patient care, treatment, and services.

Source: (American Telemedicine Association)
Organizations are encouraged to develop their own medical staff telemedicine policy.