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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

for Telemedicine

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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