UPMC Launches Pennsylvania’s First Tele-Emergency (Tele-ED) Service at UPMC Kane


KANE UPMC Leverages Clinical Expertise and Innovative Technology to Launch Pennsylvania’s First Tele-Emergency (Tele-ED) Service in UPMC Kane in McKean County. In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines announced March 2 To increase patient access to care through innovative delivery models, UPMC has created a first-of-its-kind rural health care approach in Pennsylvania that will provide access to excellent emergency medical care in UPMC Kane.

“UPMC is committed to advancing access to quality healthcare for all of our patients, wherever they live and work,” said Donald M Every year, MARYLAND,AT THE TOPMC chief medical officer and hair of the DDepartment of Eemergency Mmedicine at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “This new model of care will meet the needs of the community, now and in the future, while utilizing all available resources within our deep and talented workforce.”

UPMC Kane partners with UPMC Hamot in Erie to create an emergency medicine collaboration using state-of-the-art telemedicine technology. State-certified emergency physicians located at UPMC Hamot94 miles away in Erie, partner with on-site trained Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) at UPMC Kane, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the best care to anyone who seeks it.

“Bedside care is provided by Physician Assistants (PAs) and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) at UPMC Kane using advanced video, audio and exam technology to seamlessly and quickly connect patients with UPMC board-certified emergency physicians Hamotsaid Mark Papalia, President of UPMC Kane. “Together, the APP and the doctor diagnose and treat the patient.”

UPMC Kane is an acute care hospital located in a remote rural community with an average daily inpatient census of five to six inpatients and about 6,000 in total andWedagency department visits every year. UPMC Hamot is the regional advanced tertiary care hub of UPMC in notnorthwest Pennsylvania and sWestern New York treating nearly 70,000 patientss in the emergency department annually. UPMC Hamot provides a highlevel II specialty care and is a level II trauma center, the only accredited trauma center in the Erie area.

“Accessibility and long-term sustainability are the drivers of UPMC Kane’s innovative model,” said Yealy. “In rural communities across the the countrythe doctor-to-patient ratio is about half that of suburban and urban areas. MMore than 100 rural hospitals across the country have closed over the past decade, in part due to recruitment issues. Much of rural America is medically underserved, necessitating new models of care to improve access and quality of health care.

This innovation for rural health care delivery is the result of careful planning and training as part of UPMC Kane’s transformation plan to improve rural health care and improve access, as part of their enrollment in the program Pennsylvania Rural Health Model. As a participating hospital in the initiative, the Pennsylvania The Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have authorized UPMC Kane to continue development and launch of the Tele-ED program in Pennsylvania before the announcement of the Commonwealth Rural Health Guidelines on March 2.

UPMC Kane has successfully run a similar tele-hospitalization program since May 2021“said Papalia.”The program is in partnership with the UPMC Community Hospital Medicine Center. Through this technological innovation, hospitalized patients benefit from virtual visits and access to on-demand consultation with UPMC’s extensive network of physicians and advanced clinical resources.

Similar to a Tele-ED, the tele-hospitalist program improves and enhances rural health care through a new model of care that is sustainable, dynamic and transformational.

“UPMC remains committed to creating the highest levels of access and quality care for patients in every community we serve,” Yealy added. “This new model of Tele-ED care represents a vision of the future by designing sustainable models of healthcare delivery for the future that also meet the needs of our patients today. We are here to care for our communities and provide even greater access to excellent care and expertise at UPMC.


Caption: Tele-ED at UPMC Kane

Credit: UPMC


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