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EP-133 - Telemedicine: Bringing Your Doctor to You (Video Visits, Curbside Consults, & TeleDerm)

Tuesday, May 1
11:35 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Education Zone, Booth 2416, Screen 3

For more than two years, Sharp Rees-Stealy medical centers have been connecting patients with their own primary care physician or specialist through the use of telemedicine. Patients have the option to receive care for certain conditions through a telephonic or video visit. Using their own device (smartphone, tablet, computer), patients can access care while at home or at work, and can avoid the hassle of traffic, parking, and wait times. Unlike most telemedicine programs, patients conduct video or phone visits with their established primary care physician or specialist physician. This means the physician treating the patient knows their medical history, their family history, and their chronic conditions without the need for lengthy questionnaires or intake processes. Furthermore, since it's the patient's own doctor, medications can be refilled, labs/imaging can be ordered, and patients can complete their testing on a walk-in basis at one of the many Sharp locations throughout San Diego. Patients love the convenience and physicians enjoy the focused nature of the telemedicine visit.

To date, over 5000 telemedicine visits have been conducted between the patient and their own primary care physician or specialist. this has led to several hundred thousand dollars in cost-savings and improved access to care.

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Brent Steineckert

Director Health Information Technology
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

BRENT D. STEINECKERT, MPH, PMP, is director for Ambulatory Electronic Health Record and Patient Access& Health Information Management Departments for Sharp Rees-Stealy (SRS) Medical Centers. He has been with SRS since 1998 where he has been involved in the integration of technology into medical operations. He has written software programs involving billing and scheduling to help physicians increase efficiency and revenue for the practice. Mr. Steineckert has been actively involved in development and implementation of technological solutions including installation and integration of an ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) system, working closely with physicians to incorporate patient-centric workflows into the electronic paradigm. Most recently, he has worked to expand telemedicine visits with the patient’s own physician using technology that would enable the patient to conduct the visit from the convenience of their home or anywhere they have internet access. Mr. Steineckert received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University at California, Berkeley, and his graduate degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has been trained as a California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) examiner.

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