While COVID-19, self-quarantines and social distancing have made it difficult for patients to visit their doctor, Monument Health has launched a system that brings the doctor to the patient, via telemedicine.
Using a telephone or video conferencing, patients can get medical care directly from their physicians and advanced practice providers – without leaving home. The system launched at primary care clinics in all Monument Health markets including Spearfish, Rapid City, Custer, Hot Springs, Hill City, Sturgis, Lead-Deadwood, Buffalo, Wall, Belle Fourche and Newcastle. Monument Health’s specialty clinics will begin offering telemedicine services as well.
“With telemedicine we can keep our patients safely at home while remaining connected to their providers and ensuring the care they need is maintained,” said Stephanie Lahr, M.D., Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Monument Health. “We can also protect our staff and providers.”
Providers go through telemedicine training before taking their first video visits. A Monument Health telemedicine visit is similar to an in-clinic appointment using videoconferencing. Patient and doctor talk about symptoms, treatments, prescriptions and other health questions the patient has. A record of the visit is kept in the Epic electronic health records system, and the patient can review the visit in MyChart, Epic’s patient portal.