Frequently Asked Questions
Telemedicine is one way OHSU fulfills its mission to help hospitals and health care professionals provide the best care throughout Oregon. It also improves patient outcomes, avoids unnecessary transports and allows patients to receive care in their home communities.
What is telemedicine?
Each hospital emergency room, or labor and delivery unit, is equipped with a mobile two-way audio-video communication cart and the tools to share diagnostic images with OHSU specialists. This enables OHSU physicians to examine patients at hospitals hundreds of miles away, monitor vital signs, read X-Rays and CT scans, collaborate with local physicians on the best treatment and address families’ questions.
What specialists does the OHSU Telemedicine Network offer?
- Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Newborn Medical Genetics
- Pediatric Intensive Care
- Pediatric Palliative Care
- Psychiatry – Adult and Pediatric (outpatient)
What are the benefits of telemedicine?
- Provides patients access to the latest specialty and subspecialty care not otherwise available in their community.
- Spares families the time and expense of traveling to an out-of-town medical center to support a loved one who is receiving care.
- Avoids risky, expensive and unnecessary transports. More than 40 percent of the approximately 750 patients treated to date have been able to stay in their home communities.
- Reduces health care costs. The OHSU Telemedicine Network has saved more than $4.2 million in transport expenses alone.
- Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in emergency rooms and labor and delivery units. Soon to be a part of improving ambulatory care and in-home patient monitoring.
Which hospitals are connected to the OHSU Telemedicine Network?
- Adventist Medical Center – Portland
- Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center – Medford
- Bay Area Hospital – Coos Bay
- Columbia Memorial Hospital – Astoria
- Grande Ronde Hospital - La Grande
- Mercy Medical Center – Roseburg
- Mid-Columbia Medical Center – The Dalles
- Sacred Heart Medical Center – Eugene
- Salem Hospital – Salem
- Silverton Hospital – Silverton
- St. Charles Medical Center - Bend
- St. John's Medical Center - Longview
- Three Rivers Medical Center - Grants Pass
- Willamette Valley Medical Center – McMinnville