Telemedicine is a health care delivery system that applies high-speed phone lines, computer equipment, specialized medical cameras and advanced encryption technology to enable physician specialists to consult with patients remotely. Once installed at Screven County Hospital, patients from the local area will be able to receive diagnosis and treatment plans from leading specialists at the state's top tertiary care centres without the need to travel to Atlanta or Macon.
"We're excited and honoured to be a part of the telemedicine programme here in Georgia", stated George St. George, Chief Executive Officer, Screven County Hospital. "It is a significant step forward for us, and is in keeping with our mission to provide the highest quality of care for our patients here in the community."
The telemedicine equipment and training is being provided through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia as part of a three-year, $11,5 million commitment to support the Georgia Rural Health Initiative, a unique public/private collaborative with the Georgia Office of Insurance and Fire Safety.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is an operating subsidiary of WellPoint Inc. As the nation's largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company, WellPoint serves the health care needs of approximately 28,5 million medical members nationally. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.