VALHALLA, N.Y. -- In a major step to enhance patient care throughout the Hudson Valley, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) recently unveiled its new, technology-driven eHealth program, an initiative that is expected to improved patient outcomes throughout the Hudson Valley.
At the core of the eHealth initiative is the network’s 5,500-square-foot eHealth operations center, which features 20 multimedia stations equipped with the latest tele-health patient monitoring technologies and software.
This hub will be staffed around the clock by physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. They will serve, remotely, as a complement to – and not a replacement for - the care teams for WMCHealth patients in network hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices and, eventually, homes across the region.
The eHealth program represents an initial $7 million investment in technology, infrastructure, staff and additional resources in the well-being of Hudson Valley residents by WMCHealth. It is the first tele-health program of its kind based in the Hudson Valley.
WMCHealth already has enjoyed a successful launch of its eHealth program with an ePsychiatry initiative, which has been connecting behavioral health outpatients and staff at its MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, with clinical psychiatry specialists at its Valhalla, New York-based Behavioral Health Center.
"According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the incorporation of telehealth initiatives in eICUs has been shown to decrease mortality by 20 percent and reduce the length of hospital stay by 26 percent, “an outcome that is certainly worth the investment we are making in eHealth,” said WMCHealth President and CEO Michael Israel. “With seven hospitals and dozens of health-related entities across 6,200-square miles, supported by a workforce of 10,000 dedicated professionals, eHealth will extend our expertise further into the communities we serve, delivering on our commitment to provide the best care as close to home as possible to the residents of the Hudson Valley.
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