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Improving Access to Healthcare in Maine’s Rural Communities

EMHS is committed to providing access to high quality healthcare to residents in rural Maine. However, the shortages of medical staff professionals in rural areas present challenges to delivering a full range of primary and specialty care services. In the 2010 OneMaine state-wide Community Health Needs Assessment results indicated that hospitalizations for people with chronic cardiovascular conditions, as well as many other chronic conditions, is higher in rural regions. In an effort to provide rural Maine residents needed specialty services, EMHS and its members are developing telehealth services to bring specialty care close to home.

Telehealth Across EMHS:

The Acadia Hospital
The Acadia Hospital has more than a decade of experience with clinical tele-psychiatry applications including services to emergency departments, community outpatient clinics, correctional settings, and nursing homes. A growing area of interest is support for homecare patients.

Currently, Acadia Hospital offers the following tele-psychiatry and substance abuse services:

  • 24/7 coverage by Acadia psychiatric clinicians to emergency departments
  • Outpatient psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapy services to primary care and mental health settings
  • Psychiatric consultations and follow-up care to nursing care settings
  • Psychiatric consultations to jail and prison settings

To learn more about tele-psychiatry at The Acadia Hospital, contact Rick Redmond, LCSW, director of Business Development, at 207 -973-6811.

Eastern Maine Medical Center
Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Telemedicine Center is the first comprehensive telemedicine service offered by any hospital in Maine. EMMC offers immediate consultative services for an array of specialty needs, including critical care for:

  • Pediatric patients
  • Trauma patients
  • Patients who are experiencing signs and symptoms of a stroke
  • Patients in need of medications

 

Eastern Maine HomeCare
Eastern Maine HomeCare provides telehomecare monitoring services for patients throughout northern, eastern and central Maine. The program allows for continuous monitoring of patients with chronic illnesses.  Clinical information is available to home care nurses.  Telehomecare monitoring has been shown to be effective in improving care quality and reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations for patients receiving care at home.

Rosscare Nursing Home, Inc.
Through funding provided by the Maine Health Access Foundation and the Bangor Beacon Community funded by the Federal Office of the National Coordinator, Rosscare Nursing Home, Inc., in partnership with Eastern Maine Medical Center and The Acadia Hospital, has developed Northeast Integrated Geriatrics, a program which includes telepsych support to five nursing homes. This program has been shown to improve the success of patients with behavioral health needs in nursing home settings.

Contact us with questions regarding EMHS’ telehealth initiatives  - (207) 973-TELE (8353)