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Telemedicine Services

Regionalization of hospitals has led to higher quality of care and improved outcomes among patients. Sometimes, however, situations arise where specialized expertise is needed that Bleckley Memorial Hospital doesn't provide. Telemedicine is a novel means of filling the "specialist void" in a rural community such as ours.

Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. Closely associated with telemedicine is the term "telehealth," which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services.

Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth.

Telemedicine services:
  • Specialist referral services- This typically consists of a specialist assisting a general practitioner in rendering a diagnosis. This may involve a patient "seeing" a specialist over a live, remote consult or the transmission of diagnostic images and/or video along with patient data to a specialist for viewing later.Telemedicine Video Conference Call Our Medical Imaging Department uses telemedicine so that remote providers can "read" images taken in the department.

  • Patient consultations- Bleckley Memorial Hospital uses telecommunications to provide medical data (which may include audio, still, or live images)between a patient and a health professional for use in rendering a diagnosis and treatment plan. This might originate from a remote clinic to a physician's office using a direct transmission link or may include communicating over the Web.

  • Remote patient monitoring- This service uses devices to remotely collect and send data to a monitoring station for interpretation. Bleckley Memorial Hospital uses this service in our Labor and Delivery Department via the Watchild System, which allows nurses and physicians to remotely monitor both fetal and mother's vital signs.

  • Medical education- this service provides continuing medical education credits for health professionals and special medical education seminars for targeted groups in remote locations.

  • Consumer medical and health information- This service includes the use of the Internet for consumers to obtain specialized health information and on-line discussion groups to provide peer-to-peer support.

If you have any questions, please contact us:
Bleckley Memorial Hospital
145 E Peacock St
Cochran, GA 31014
Phone: (478) 934-6211