CQCH is proud and excited to have a variety of TeleMedicine programs. TeleMedicine use computers that will electronically send real-time video and images to hospitals and specialists in Phoenix and Tucson to provide patients with the best possible care. This system brings consultative expertise to a new level because CQCH physicians can work in tandem with specialized physicians and staff at other hospitals. With TeleMedicine, the patient can be assessed immediately rather than having to wait or be transported to another department or location.
TeleCardiology brings to CQCH the expertise of cardiologists with Pima Heart in Tucson for emergency patients, as well as those hospitalized for cardiac care.
TeleConcussion allows emergency room staff to transmit live images and information to Mayo Clinic surgeons to discuss treatment options, providing faster but still high-quality care.
TeleEndocrinology brings CQCH the expertise of Tucson Medical Center’s adult endocrinologist, Dr. Shubh Preet Kaur. Using computer technology and a secured confidential internet connection, patients and Dr. Kaur are able to see one another face to face from different cities. During the TeleEndocrinology appointment, Dr. Kaur reviews the patient’s medical history, medications, lab work and is able to listen to the patient’s heart and lungs with the assistance of the Copper Queen Medical Associates – Douglas Clinic staff. Through telemedicine, patients can receive adult endocrinology care and no longer travel to Tucson.
TelePediatrics connects specialty care service to sick and injured children in Cochise County with Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. Physicians at the Tucson hospital will be able to triage and diagnose a child admitted to the CQCH Emergency Department via TeleMedicine. About 10 percent of all patients seen at the hospital’s Emergency Department are children.
The TeleStroke program connects CQCH emergency staff with neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Using computer and video equipment, a physician at the Mayo Clinic can view the patient and any relevant tests to determine the patient’s condition and the appropriate course of action.
TeleTrauma provides emergency room staff the ability to transmit live images and information to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. It also allows surgeons to discuss treatment options, providing faster but still high-quality care.
Through the Home Health TeleMedicine program, home health patients can be assessed by healthcare professionals without leaving the comfort and safety of their own home. The systems can monitor vital signs, weight, and blood pressure in between scheduled nursing visits, eliminating unnecessary trips to the doctor or emergency room.
Home Health TeleMedicine monitors are connected through phone lines and depending on the patient’s needs, may require additional equipment such as a camera or items to measure vital signs such as blood pressure. The Home Health TeleMedicine program can enable patients to be seen via a video screen for examination and assessment of medical problems, or speak to physicians via phone. Strict privacy protocols are set up to guard each patient’s medical information and patients will not be visually monitored without providing consent.