In January 2011, LVHN began providing follow-up care to patients with movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease) at Phoebe Home, a continuing care retirement community in Allentown. This program allows an LVHN neurologist to follow up with her or his patients remotely and eliminates the need to transport from Phoebe Home to the LVPG Neurology physician practice for a visit. A second Phoebe Home location went live with this service in 2013.
In November 2016, LVHN began inpatient neurology consultations utilizing high definition video conferencing equipment as well as electronic stethoscopes and patient exam cameras to Blue Mountain Health Systems. Through February 2017, 13 TeleNeuro consults have been completed with none of the patients requiring transfer to another hospital for a higher level of care.
By following specific protocols and the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), the nursing staff at Phoebe presents follow-up cases to LVHN neurologists via high-definition videoconferencing systems. Through this interactive video system, neurologists can perform exams remotely and gather key clinical information from the nurses caring for the patient. The patient experiences an increased comfort level, as care is provided in their “home” setting.
- Two Phoebe Home care centers participate in the TeleNeuroSciences program.
- Approximately 40 movement disorder telehealth visits occur each year.
- This service supplements on-site neurology coverage at Blue Mountain.