May 10, 2012 7:08 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ochsner Clinic Foundation is getting nearly $3.9 million over the next three years for two telemedicine programs. It says the federal Health Care Innovation Award will help improve service to nearly 1,000 acute stroke patients in Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the "Stroke Central" telemedicine system lets doctors give remote checkups to acute stroke patients, improving their day-to-day care and quality of life. It says it also will let them monitor patients, evaluate outcomes, and check regularly on whether they're taking medicine and doing other things as part of their treatment.
A DHH news release Wednesday said the program should save nearly $5 million by reducing complications from urinary tract infections and pneumonia, preventing readmissions, and replacing outpatient visits.