Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital’s Telehealth Services will connect area patients to specialty health care providers through quality two-way audio and video connections. Nurses at the telemedicine sites use FDA approved video examination tools for ear, throat and skin examinations as well as FDA-approved telestethoscopes for heart and lung examinations. The telehealth consult visit is transmitted via a secure Internet source through special video equipment and computers in the exam room that are connected to the providers' laptops or tablets.
From the patient's point of view, the benefits of telehealth include the convenience of receiving specialty care close to home, less travel time and reductions in lost work or school time. SICH's Telehealth Services enhance the primary health care provider's role in patient care by bridging the distance between hometown providers and specialty practices through technology.