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EP-101 - TeleStork: Delivering Telemedicine to Labor and Delivery Units

Sunday, April 29
4:05 PM - 4:20 PM
Location: Education Zone, Booth 2416, Screen 1

The Telestork program was conceived by a collaboration of nurses and physicians who recognized a need for additional observation of fetal monitoring in Labor and Delivery (L&D) units. The Telestork bunker originated at our tertiary center, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in 2016. The bunker is stationed in a remote location and houses state of the art fetal/maternal monitoring system, as well as a registered nurse who possesses extensive fetal strip interpretation experience. The Telestork nurse continually reviews real-time patient data, utilizing state of the art technology which incorporates streaming of all fetal monitoring patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Telestork nurse communicates via phone with bedside nursing to assist with fetal strip interpretation, recognizing potential problems, recommending patient care interventions and calling physician to bedside. At any time throughout continuous monitoring or at the request of the bedside team, interactions can be initiated via video to address emergent patient situations. Using the highest level of data security to exceed federal government HIPAA requirements, clinicians utilize 2-way audio and video communication to interact with patients, providers and family members. The Telestork program assists bedside team in earlier recognition of labor distress and alarming fetal trends thus allowing rapid intervention for improved birth outcomes. Over a year after implementation, we have observed a decrease in unexpected term NICU admissions. The initial success of Telestork prompted its launch into Ochsner's other four local community and rural hospitals in 2016. L&D bedside team has expressed appreciation of the additional support, enhanced communication, and validation of fetal strip interpretation and improved patient care.

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Toni Wood

Telehealth Program Manager
Ochsner CareConnect 360

Toni Wood, MSN, RN is a Program Coordinator for Telemedicine at Ochsner Health System. In this role she is currently responsible for implementation of telemedicine programs, quality data metrics, providing clinical education and reconciling technical difficulties. Mrs. Wood has been a nurse for 11 years with experience in the areas of labor and delivery, mother/baby, and newborn nursery. She began her career in healthcare by working as an admissions clerk in a small community hospital. While in college she worked as a patient care technician prior to entering the nursing arena. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on Nursing Informatics from Walden University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Nicholls State University in 2006.


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Mary Kay Ford

Director of Women's Centers
Ochsner Health System

Mary Kay has been an OB nurse for 18 years. She is certified in inpatient Obstetrics. She is currently the Diredtor of the Alternative Birthing Unit, Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, Prenatal Testing and Telestork. She has been the nursing leader in implementation and process evaluation for the new Telestork program at Ochsner Baptist.


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Amanda Hedrick

Telehealth Program Manager
Ochsner CareConnect 360

Amanda Hedrick, BSN, RN is a Telehealth Program Manager for Telemedicine at Ochsner Health System. In this role, she is responsible reporting quality data metrics to all Telemedicine service lines on a monthly basis and working with the service lines to create new telemedicine programs. Mrs. Hedrick has been a nurse for 10 years with 8 years of Pediatric nursing experience and 2 years of Telemedicine experience. She recieved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and is currently enrolled in a Master of Health Administration program at Louisiana State University - Shreveport.


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