What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the use of electronic communication to provide healthcare information and services remotely. In recent years the use of telehealth has become much more common as providers, patients and payers are all looking for more convenient, effective and cost-efficient ways to deliver high-quality care.
In rural areas, telehealth has become popular since it allows patients to receive care without having to drive long distances or in hazardous weather conditions. Being a frontier state, Wyoming is particularly suited to using telehealth as a means of providing and receiving medical care.
Why Use Telehealth?
Telehealth is already being used effectively in medical clinics and hospitals to provide patients with better access to care, to enhance communication between patients and their providers and to offer more flexibility in how patients receive care. While telehealth is not meant to replace traditional clinical care, it can offer an affordable, efficient and effective way to expand and enhance that care.
What Services Do We Offer?
Cheyenne Regional’s Telehealth Service has a solid track record of supporting the delivery of the following clinical services:
- Infectious Disease
- Palliative and Hospice Care
- General Surgery (pre- and post-surgery)
- Wound Care
- Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) or Connected Health
- Speech Language Pathology
- Medically Assisted Weight Loss (Bariatrics)
Via telehealth, our health system also serves as an “originating site,” allowing patients from our community and region to access the following kinds of specialty care, close to home:
- Cheyenne Children’s Clinic serves as the host site for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes visits with specialists from the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. These telehealth visits provide state-of-the-art care and teaching methods to prevent or delay complications.
- Cheyenne Children’s Clinic hosts quarterly Children’s Hospital Colorado Immunodeficiency Program clinics for children and adolescents affected by HIV.
- We will soon be offering Tele-NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) consultations from Children’s Hospital Colorado.
In addition, Cheyenne Regional is working to become a telemedicine hub that would offer medical specialty visits to other Wyoming hospitals. We are excited to begin this new work as part of our focus on providing great care to our community, region and state.