Mercy's Mega Vision for Telemedicine
From its virtual care center now under construction, the Missouri-based healthcare system says it will be able to extend telehealth services to patients across the entirety of its 42-hospital system 24/7 through audio, video, and data connections.
>>>Slideshow: Mercy Virtual Care
If there was any doubt that telemedicine could be the next big thing in healthcare, St. Louis-based Mercy erased it this week with an announcement that it will build a $50 million virtual care center in the nearby town of Chesterfield, MO.
The 42-hospital system, which bills itself as the nation's sixth largest Catholic healthcare system, broke ground this week on a four-story, 120,000 square foot telemedicine mega-building that, when finished, will be the command center of the health system's already large telehealth program.
"The center will bring together the nation's best telehealth professionals to reach more patients, develop more telemedicine services, and improve how we deliver virtual care through education and innovation," said Lynn Britton, Mercy's president and CEO, in a statement.
Mercy's journey into providing telemedicine began nine years ago, says Tom Hale, MD, executive medical director for the organization's telehealth services. The provider has acute and specialty hospitals in four states: Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It offers 75 different telemedicine services to more than 3 million patients, and as Hale told me, Mercy's telemedicine component of care is only expected to grow.
- 'Kafkaesque' Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay
- Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US
- mHealth Tackles Readmissions
- CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- 4 Crucial Tactics for Reining in Healthcare Cost
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- How, and Why, to Recruit Male Nurses
- Docs Fret as HHS Addresses Malpractice Reporting 'Loopholes'
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013