Virtua CEO Talks State of Telemedicine in NJ
Steve Adubato goes on-location to speak with Rich Miller, President & CEO of Virtua, to discuss the state of telemedicine, what specialties it is being used in and how it could offer patients greater access to care.
"This conference that we're at here in South Jersey's been put together by the folks at Virtua. It is called The Evolving Role of Telemedicine: Driving Quality, Access and Cost Savings. And the team here that's put it together has been lead by Rich Miller, the President and Chief Executive Officer at Virtua. Richard, just was finished... I just finished a terrific... not that I was terrific, but the panel was terrific. [laughter] And the audience was great. Dealing with public policy questions around telehealth. Telemedicine. Why the conference overall? Because I mean everyone who is anyone in the area of healthcare is here. Well, it's important. It's important to get the messaging out about the use of telemedicine, which we're... we've been heavily engaged with for years now, Steve. So you know, it's used in all venues. It's used in the hospital. It's used at home. It's used in the primary care offices. So it's becoming a mainstream part of how we deliver patient care. So talk about it. I mean, the definition of telemedicine... I'm not gonna say it's complex, but it's multifaceted? It is multifaceted. So there's different ways... telemedicine has different definitions to it. So for example, the patient comes in emergency room with a stroke, you know, we can do telemedicine, connect that patient to a neurologist to find out the depth of the stroke, and the neurologist can be anywhere in the country examining this patient. That's how well defined the systems are today to be able to do that. So that's one example. And then the example of patients now that are at home with chronic disease. Say a patient has congestive heart failure and we need to monitor them at home? We can do that as well through our home health aids, and our nurses will be able to monitor patients at home. So it's so interesting. It's everything in between, from the most sophisticated stroke related with a neurologist, right? Right. With someone who's dealing with a chronic disease, a chronic issue, with their physician and they want to have a telephone conversation? And it's very... it's simple too, Steve, as a person with a bad cold that might need to connect to a primary care physician through Teledoc, which we offer to our community, and they call, they get a primary care physician, and they get a script for their cold. So it ranges from very simple episodic care to extreme stroke care. I mean it's at... and even telepsychiatry, which is done now in emergency room through that. So it could be complex or simple. Let's talk a little bit about this. So I'm thinking about... people's traditional paradigm, or view, of hospitals..."