ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New technology is connecting specialists from Albuquerque hospitals with patients in some of New Mexico's rural hospitals with just a few clicks of a button, saving money, time and even lives.
In a large state like New Mexico, there aren't always enough doctors to go around.
So when patients at rural hospitals need a specialist, sometimes that means flying somewhere else.
The flight can cost more than $30,000 and costs doctors two to three critical hours before they can see a patient.
“Decisions have to be made within 30-40 minutes at the most,” said Dr. Howard Yonas, a stroke specialist and the chair of UNM’s Department of Neurosurgery.
For the past eight years, UNM has been working with Albuquerque-based Net Medical Xpress on a telemedicine program to connect neurologists with patients in hospitals all over the state.
“This type of technology, telemedicine, is going to change the world of medicine,” Richard Govatski, CEO at Net Medical Xpress.
The program lets doctors access patient information like, high-resolution brain scans, and now it allows them to communicate face-to-face with special video conferencing equipment.
“Everything has to be HIPAA compliant. It has to be absolutely secure,” Dr. Yonas said.
More than a dozen New Mexico hospitals from Raton to Hobbs already use it, and
Net Medical Xpress is still working to expand.
“Our expansion plan is going to involve other modalities besides neurology, such as critical care, cardiology, infectious diseases and we're going to have also the ability to visit people in their homes,” Govatski said.
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