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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
Technology is redefining healthcare. Tift Regional Medical Center
can connect patients in hard to reach rural areas with doctors miles away.
traveling to see a doctor, patients can get a checkup or consultation over the
offers Telemedicine as a quick and convenient way for patients to get
healthcare over the computer. Regardless of where the patient is located, they
can reach the provider virtually 24 hours a day.
For almost eight years, Tift Regional has been using Telemedicine
to take care of patients who need healthcare beyond their reach.
"All we do is push a button; it connects us to a doctor in
another off site facility, 24 hours a day. It allows them to manage that patient;
it allows them to see an acute issue. Something we don't have on the premises
at that moment. This allows us to connect them to a specialist," said Jeff
Robbins Dir of TeleHealth.
Robbins says this is not much different than seeing a doctor in
person. Turner County Schools use
Telemedicine so kids don't have to miss a day from school and parents can stay
"We want these children to stay in front of teachers, we want
them to be productive and they're not going to be productive if they're sick.
Our passion is to connect them with doctors who will keep them healthy," said
Telemedicine presenters say this technology is saving lives.
"The psychiatric kids that we see would never ever have a chance to
see a psychiatrist because we don have one locally and its just amazing the
transformation," Teresa Lanier, Certified Telemedicine Presenter.
Robbins says the future of healthcare is here. He says more
patients are using this method to visit a doctor.
"Doctors, mid-levels, nurses, family members and especially
the children accept this as a viable alternative to our traditional
healthcare," said Jeff Robbins Dir
Jeff Robbins says this is a way for the rural community to get
better quality care.
The Director of
Telemedicine say they see about 12 patients a day with their telehealth units.
Doctors can also make their services available to broader audiences.
In the upcoming
school year, Tift Regional will bring Telemedicine to the Irwin County School System.