Botsford Hospital is in the process of developing an innovative telemedicine program. We anticipate
testing it later this year at Botsford Commons Senior Community with the hopes of expanding the model community-wide.
Telemedicine involves using technology to bring medical care home to patients. “Our goal is to ensure that individuals receive the care they need in the most appropriate setting, and many times that is not the emergency department,” says Jim Smith, Botsford’s Corporate Director of Business Development and Planning. “The pilot project will allow us to prove that telemedicine will, amongst other things, reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions—it is our belief that it will.
“And, with telemedicine, patients remain in the comfort of their home and avoid lengthy ED visits.”
While it’s often used in rural areas, Botsford will test a program that’s designed for a more urban environment. The program will involve sending paramedic teams to see residents in their homes for nonemergent situations. The teams will transmit real-time patient information to a physician in the Botsford Emergency Center using high-definition, handheld videos, sensors and other technologies. For serious situations, on-site paramedics will call 911 to have patients brought to Botsford’s Emergency Center.