Telehealth uses audio, video, and other types of technology to provide care to patients at a distance. While each telehealth use case addresses a specific clinical need, telehealth as a whole provides a wide range of benefits to patients, providers, and staff, including:
- Increasing access to care
- Facilitating care between hospitals, outpatient care sites, and the patient’s home
- Making care more convenient for patients and providers
- Improving disease management and health outcomes
- Reducing the overall cost of care
MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center (MTIC) Overview
The MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center (MTIC) was established in March 2017 by MedStar Health President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, with the goal of supporting and coordinating telehealth activities across MedStar Health’s Distributed Care Delivery Network. MTIC is housed within the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), and partners with clinical service lines and business entities that are interested in establishing and scaling telehealth throughout their practices.
MTIC is a system-wide resource that provides telehealth infrastructure, best practices, subject matter expertise, project implementation, and programmatic operational support. The Center was established in response to requests from clinicians across MedStar for expanded telehealth capabilities, and in recognition of the increasing role of telehealth in care delivery across the nation. The formal establishment of this center is a natural step on MedStar’s trajectory to becoming a fully connected healthcare system.
As examples, key areas that MTIC has supported since its launch include:
- MedStar Emergency Department TeleTriage: This program allows attending physicians in a command center to provide remote triage to eligible patients in the emergency department via video.
- TeleStroke: This system-wide program allows emergency departments to connect to vascular neurologists for acute stroke consults 24/7.
- Transplant eClinic: These multidisciplinary appointments connect patients at a MedStar location convenient for them to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital transplant specialists, surgeons, financial counselors, social workers, and others virtually.
- Post-Operative Virtual Visits: This program enables surgeons to schedule video-based follow-up visits with patients after surgery, allowing patients to recover at home.
Looking ahead, MTIC plans to expand its support in the areas of behavioral health, palliative care, and remote patient monitoring. The team is also in a continual state of exploration when it comes to new technology and areas of opportunity at MedStar.
MTIC, alongside the entire MedStar system, will help build a unifying infrastructure that allows MedStar to be a national leader in this evolving care delivery model.
MTIC In the News
- Bloomberg, “How Tech Actually Saves Jobs (Podcast)”
- Bloomberg, “Automation Actually Creates More Jobs, at Least in the Beginning”
- American Hospital Association, “Members in Action Case Study: TeleTriage Emergency Department Program, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.”
- Washington Business Journal, “How one D.C. hospital cut down its ER wait times, some of the longest in the city”
- Advisory Board, “How a MedStar hospital slashed ED wait times by more than 1 hour”
- NBC Washington, “Virtual ER Cuts Down on Wait Times at MedStar”