WAYNE, IND. (December 29, 2016)
– The Parkview Heart
Institute (PHI), in partnership with Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology,
Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) and Professional Emergency Physicians, has
introduced a new way to deliver care to cardiology patients. The first of its
kind in northeast Indiana, the tele-cardiology platform allows admitted
patients to meet via video from PHH with a cardiologist at PHI, creating a
higher level of cardiology care in Huntington and reducing transfers to
Parkview Regional Medical Center.
innovative approach allows us to offer the same expert care and consultation a
patient would receive at PHI, from the convenience of their local hospital,”
said Michael GeRue, chief operating officer, Parkview Heart Institute.
“Tele-cardiology is just one of the ways Parkview is advancing the way we
deliver specialty care. It’s transformative platforms like this that create
greater access for patients and result in a healthier community.”
When a patient
with non-urgent, cardiac-related symptoms is admitted to PHH and an on-site
cardiologist is not available within four hours, a tele-cardiology visit is
scheduled. Consultation and examination is completed using a video camera,
monitor and digital stethoscope, which is positioned on the patient by a
nurse. The cardiologist talks directly to the patient via video, utilizing
the digital stethoscope to hear the patient’s heart and lungs and reviewing all
testing that has been performed via the patient’s electronic health record.
After the consultation, the cardiologist may place orders, prescribe
medications or provide recommendations to the attending physician regarding
further diagnostic testing and follow-up outpatient care at PHH.
“The patient is
at the physician’s fingertips, just like if they were in an exam room,” said
Roy Robertson, MD, president, Parkview Heart Institute, and interventional
cardiologist, Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology. “Our feedback on the
platform thus far has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to
evaluating the use of this program throughout Parkview’s four other community
hospitals, giving even more patients access to convenient cardiology care.”
is an extension of the consultative cardiology care PHI has offered for many
years. All cardiologists from Parkview Physicians Group – Cardiology may be
available via tele-cardiology for their patients seven days a week from 7 a.m.
to 5 p.m.