Telehealth is becoming a critical part of the staffing solution across the country, but rural hospitals are struggling to afford enterprise software designed primarily for large health systems, which have access to large IT departments to implement them. Critical access and small community hospitals also lack staff with the expertise or time to take advantage of nonprofit grants and state and federal grants for such initiatives.
To meet this challenge, two telehealth companies – Vitalchat and EQUUM Medical – and consumer electronics giant Samsung have joined forces on a project called Access4Health. Each represents a vital leg of the telehealth stool:
- People: Equum Medical provides remote care from the right provider at the right time, from intensive care to specialists to expert nurses, using technology available to hospital staff.
- Technology: Vitalchat delivers feature-rich telehealth securely through its cost-effective software, connecting caregivers, patients, and families using existing workflows. The company also offers a number of affordable hardware options.
- Funding: Samsung has a wealth of specialized resources that can help organizations identify eligibility and apply for a wide range of government and nonprofit funding programs that target rural health access and l health equity.
“Telehealth is the great equalizer in medicine, and it is needed to provide life-saving medical interventions in cases where the local hospital lacks specialists, which we find almost everywhere,” said Corey Scurlock, MD, MBA, CEO of Equum. “The problem is that an affordable solution tailored to the unique needs of a small hospital has proven elusive. Until now.”
Ghafran Abbas, CEO/CTO of Vitalchat added, “We know that if telehealth is going to meet the needs of rural America, it has to be easy for staff to use at a truly affordable price. We’ve built a new platform software form that can quickly and easily integrate into existing workflows, requires no staff management, and gives physicians the freedom to virtually surround patients at will.”
In the process of designing this collaboration, the leaders of Equum Medical and VitalChat turned to Samsung because of its experience in linking innovation to financing telehealth. “There are a multitude of funding schemes available for rural health, but they often go unused because it takes specialist grant-writing skills to convey the importance of a project to donors. At Samsung, in partnership with At the Grants Office, we are proud to be a part of this effort to connect rural providers with the kinds of medical expertise previously found only in large urban academic medical centers.” Says Ken Honeycutt, Director of Healthcare, Samsung Electronics.
Although a national initiative, this collaboration will target states with proven bed and staffing shortages, as reported by Health and Human Services (HHS) data base. Commercial teams are preparing to present additional information and hold executive briefings for early adopters of this initiative at the next TO LIVE Conference March 6-9 in Miami, Florida and HIMSS Conference March 14-18 in Orlando, Florida.
For more than 10 years, EQUUM Medical has provided board-certified critical care physicians who deliver acute telehealth care to address the challenges hospitals and healthcare systems face when trying to bridge the gaps cover. For more information, visit https://equummedical.com/
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Vitalchat is transformational telehealth software that effortlessly connects caregivers, patients and families using existing workflows on any basic device…at a fraction of the cost of other solutions. For more information, visit https://vitalchat.com/
Karsten Russell Wood
Marketing and Experience Director