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Telemedicine expanding healthcare to everyone

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Technology is redefining healthcare. Tift Regional Medical Center can connect patients in hard to reach rural areas with doctors miles away.

Instead of traveling to see a doctor, patients can get a checkup or consultation over the Internet.

Tift Regional 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 at work.

"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 Jeff Robbins.

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 of TeleHealth.

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.

 

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