PHILADELPHIA – A new partnership will expand Jefferson Health’s telehealth platform to patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and its physical and cognitive rehab patients will now have access to at-home medical consultations with their physicians.
“It’s just better medicine,” said Jack Carroll, CEO of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s partnership with Jefferson Health, which with Thomas Jefferson University, treats 3.7 million outpatients each year, with 14 hospitals and more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations across two states, actually began in 1978 with the joint formation of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Foundation. The two organizations have spent the years since collaborating in biomedical services, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, radiology interpretations, residency programs and student education.
Combining the telehealth efforts of the two providers allows Magee to leverage Jefferson’s resources and expertise. “We’re a 90-bed hospital and don’t have the scale to stay relevant,” said Carroll. “When a big system already has the resources, we become a convenient add-on. There’s power in numbers.”
Expanding the telehealth program to Magee’s patients will help the provider avoid having to send their already fragile patients to in-person visits and consultations. The service will also help to save time and money for Magee, Carroll said.
“A lot can happen to a patient when they are out of the building and all of it’s bad,” he said. “Jefferson already has quite a telehealth program—why wouldn’t we want to try these appointments through virtual visits?”