WARWICK – Kent Hospital announced a new telemedicine program on Sept. 3 that will allow its cardiologists to connect with their critical care colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston via video-conferencing and desktop-sharing technology. This program gives cardiologists at Kent the ability to manage more critically ill patients in their local setting, close to home.
Video-conferencing and image sharing technology makes up the backbone of the telemedicine communication system, according to hospital officials.
“The cardiac telemedicine program at Kent is an extremely powerful and beneficial way to treat the cardiac patients of our community in the local setting,” said Dr. Chester Hedgepeth, executive chief of cardiology at Kent Hospital. “This program gives reassurance to patients and families that have sought out expert opinions from national leaders in cardiology..”
“This technology allows us to collaborate with our clinical colleagues at Kent Hospital to provide comprehensive team-based care whether in Rhode Island, Boston, or both,” said Dr. David A Morrow, director of the Levine Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.