The interactive teledermatology practice at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the ambulatory clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital provide patients on Nantucket with access to Harvard-affiliated dermatologists via interactive video conferencing.
Through the use of communication technologies, patients are examined remotely by dermatologists. The clinic is held weekly for 2-3 hours, and digital imaging allows dermatologists to closely examine skin lesions while they converse with patients in real-time, viewing each other on monitors. Through remote, web-based monitoring, patients can reduce clinical visits for chronic diseases such as psoriasis or for conditions that require long-term follow-up, such as melanoma.
Each year, stroke occurs in more than 700,000 patients, leaving many with disabilities and unable to resume their previous lifestyle or employment. This makes the social and economic impact of stroke one of the most devastating in medicine. Today, there is an FDA-approved medicine (tissue plasminogen activator, tPA) that in some patients can help reverse the disability of stroke if given within the first 3 hours of stroke.
By establishing a telemedicine link using videoconferencing and image sharing technology, stroke specialists from Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals can examine patients while at Nantucket Cottage Hospital to help diagnose the patient's ailment and recommend a plan of care. The faster a patient receives proper treatment for stroke, the better the chances for recovery. The Telestroke program is an important component of patients’ stroke care by helping to rapidly evaluate and treat stroke patients.
Dr. Peter Schalock, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, demonstrates how he sees a patient at
Nantucket Cottage Hospital via tele-dermatology.
From The New York Times ...
October 8, 2012
"On Nantucket, an island 30 miles from the nearest spit of mainland, 'telemedicine just makes a lot of sense,' said Dr. Margot Hartmann, chief executive officer of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. 'It allows us to meet the mission of the hospital better because we're offering more locally,' and saves patients the cost and time of flying or ferrying off-island, then driving to Cape Cod or Boston hospitals." Click here to the full New York Times article