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.
- Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to explain how telehealth has been successfully used for remote patient monitoring beyond eICU, home, and chronic care settings.
- Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to demonstrate how virtual specialty care benefits rural patients.
- Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to distinguish clinical outcomes measuring benefits of remote patient monitoring