JUL / AUG 2015
Healthcare Journal of new orleans
can performan intervention directly without
the patient having to return to the hospital
every time an issue arises.
“At the three-month mark, we have been
very successful,” said Dr. Milani.
No Possibility Too Remote
Ochsner’s telemedicine program, CareCon-
nect360, has innovated the delivery of
healthcare remotely not just in the greater
New Orleans area but across the state, in
both urban and rural areas. Launched in
2009, this telemedicine program is now
linked to more than 40 hospitals located
throughout Louisiana and entails a number
of services, from telestroke and cardiology
to pediatrics and psychiatry.
Ochsner’s telestroke program is one of
the provider’s primary telemedicine deliv-
ery platforms. It employs Ochsner’s team of
stroke neurologists, a unique field with few
specialists to go around, who are experi-
enced with applying the best care for stroke
patients in the critical moments they need it.
Because most cities do not have access to
a stroke neurologist, the next best thing for
someone who is suffering or who has suffered
from a stroke is to be near a hospital that is
virtually connected to one or several stroke
neurologists. For many patients throughout
the region, this connection is to the neurolo-
gists available at Ochsner 24/7 through the
CareConnect 360 telestroke program.
“It’s made an enormous difference,” said
Dr. Milani. “Patients are more likely to get
the right therapy, more likely to survive
their stroke, and more likely to go home
without a disability when they go through
this process. It’s another way of really tak-
ing advantage of technology to advance
care for broad populations who otherwise
wouldn’t have access to it.”
Similarly, but on a smaller scale, Ochsner
has a telemedicine program for maternal
fetal medicine. At its Ochsner Baptist facil-
ity, Ochsner employs specialized obstetri-
cians who handle high-risk pregnancies
and can provide remote care that can save
the lives of both the baby and the mother.
Through this program, a healthcare pro-
vider can see ultrasound images as they’re
being conducted in real-time and can oth-
erwise help the patient with the information,
comfort, and care she needs to have a better
pregnancy and outcome.
Where Smart Partnerships Come In
While some of this technology has been pro-
prietary and developed in-house, Ochsner
also relies on smart partnerships with other
companies and startups to build technology
“We think having patients more engaged in
their healthcare, more engaged with their
health, is going to provide safer healthcare,
better outcomes, and can really have
patients take more ownership over what’s
going on with their healthcare experience.”
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