The surgeon and his patient are actually 25 miles apart in two different hospitals, each armed with an iPad equipped with the live video chat software FaceTime.
Through face-to-face video calls on iPads and other tablets, Henry Ford is initiating the next wave of high-tech communication at hospitals called â€œtelerounding.â€
â€œPatients are looking for us to use current technology in a way that improves their care, and â€˜teleroundingâ€™ with the iPad really fits that need in enhancing the communication and care following surgery.â€
The iPad fills a critical need for Henry Ford surgeons like Dr. Rogers â€“ who perform operations each week at both Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital â€“ to communicate with their patients in the clinic or inpatient setting, even when theyâ€™re not in the same city.
Previously, the surgeon would call the patient on the phone if he wasnâ€™t on site.Â By replacing a phone call with a video-chat on the iPad, patients are able to have a personal and confidential conversation with their surgeon.
I love this concept. I talked to a pharmacy director at the end of last year that was doing something similar with the iPad for patient medication consultation at the time of discharge. Discharge medications were filled by the pharmacy and delivered to the patient’s bedside by a pharmacy technician toting an iPad. If the patient desired consultation with a pharmacist the technician fired up FaceTime. Cool use of technology.