Trinity Video Provides Portable Videoconferencing Tech for UK’s “Blue Angels” Program
Published: June 1, 2015 | By: Laura Dawahare/Allison Perry | UK HealthCare
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2015) — Two-week old Bransen Roberts sleeps peacefully despite the bustle of the Pediatric Clinic at UK Healthcare. When his mother Becky Triplett removes him from his car seat to be weighed and measured, he grimaces slightly and stuffs his fist into his mouth, annoyed at the interruption, but otherwise submits quietly to the gentle poking and prodding.
Bransen appears the picture of health, with 10 perfect fingers and toes that his parents, like so many parents before, counted when he was born. But he’s here today to be examined by Dr. Ali Ziada, a pediatric urologist, who will evaluate Bransen’s condition and map out a treatment strategy. Before Bransen was born, he was diagnosed with hydronephrosis, a rare condition where urine backs up in the kidney as a result of an obstruction in the ureter or backward flow of urine from the bladder. The condition is potentially dangerous and can result in the loss of one or both kidneys without proper intervention. “They way they described it to me was it was like a kink in a garden hose,” Becky said.
Early diagnosis and intervention in most instances is key to assuring the best possible health outcome, and hydronephrosis is no different. In Bransen’s case, a new UK HealthCare program called The Blue Angels made this early intervention possible. Becky and Bransen’s father Jason are from Manchester, Kentucky. Kentucky is well known for its poor marks on health measures like obesity, diabetes, smoking and heart disease, and Clay County is among the worst of its 120 counties. The situation is further exacerbated by the lack of specialty health care nearby.
UK HealthCare saw an opportunity to fulfill its institutional mission to keep patients as close to home for their treatment as possible and worked with Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) to forge a partnership providing high-level specialty care to MMH patients in several areas, including cardiology, optometry, and obstetrics. In the latter case, UK HealthCare set up a twice-a-month clinic where highly trained obstetricians use special equipment to review fetal ultrasounds remotely, in real time, and talk with the patient simultaneously.
Dr. John O’Brien, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UK HealthCare, says the program fills a need in a meaningful, expedient and personal way.
“Before Blue Angels, patients had two choices: they had to travel to Lexington for their high-risk consult, or a technician did the ultrasound in their hometown and it was shipped up to Lexington for us to assess,” he said. According to Dr. O’Brien, neither option was ideal, since it meant that either the patient wasn’t with him while her ultrasound was evaluated, or she would have to travel — sometimes a far distance — for her ultrasound. Furthermore, explains O’Brien, if the patient’s ultrasound didn’t answer all of his questions, it had to be repeated.
“It was a burden for the mother to travel, or it was expensive, or both,” he said. “And the time spent traveling or waiting and wondering was stressful for the mother.”
Now ultrasound techs travel to locations throughout Kentucky with a portable videoconference device, seeing patients whose hometown obstetricians have identified as high-risk based on their own ultrasound technology.
The briefcase-size video system (from Louisville-based Trinity Video Communications), includes a camera and microphone, connects to the ultrasound equipment in each location and allows O’Brien to see the ultrasound as it is being performed, guide the technician through difficult studies and communicate with the patient just as if they were in the same room.
Read the full article at http://uknow.uky.edu/content/blue-angels-program-brings-high-risk-obstetric-care-rural-kentucky.
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