Weeks Expands Telemedicine Services

Weeks Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partner for Two New Telemedicine Services

Neurology and Psychiatry Telemedicine Services Now Offered at Weeks

Weeks Medical Center is partnering with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Connected Care to add new neurology and psychiatry telemedicine services for local patients. Telemedicine allows patients to see a medical specialist through the use of video teleconference and specially designed monitoring equipment—without having to travel far from home. The services use a live, two-way secure video connection on large format, high-definition equipment where patients and Weeks medical staff connect with specialists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

In the Emergency Room or an inpatient setting, the teleneurology and telepsychiatry service enables prompt assessment and treatment by neurologists or psychiatrists at locations such as Weeks that do not have round-the-clock in-person coverage. With these telemedicine services Weeks Medical Center provides its patients with assessment and treatment recommendations via 24/7 real-time emergency and non-emergency consultations and will help reduce transfers and keep patients closer to home.

“We’re pleased to enhance our telemedicine services through our partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” said Mike Lee, president of Weeks Medical Center. “The goal of telemedicine is to improve the quality of care at Weeks and provide better outcomes for patients while keeping that care local. Telemedicine also helps reduce the cost associated with care for both the patient and the hospital. It also saves patients time and money in travel and lost work hours. Our partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock allows us to bring the highest-quality specialty services, such as neurology and psychiatry, to our patients where they currently don’t exist.”  

“The goal of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Telehealth is to help deliver outstanding care to our region independent of patient location,” said Kevin Curtis, MD, medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for  Connected Care. “We are thrilled to add neurology and psychiatry to the robust telemedicine collaboration that already exists between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Weeks Medical Center.”

Telemedicine services currently available at Weeks through Dartmouth-Hitchcock include dermatology, rheumatology, chronic kidney disease, and stroke care. Procedure Clinic nurses from Weeks are specially trained in telemedicine services and procedures. These service providers act as the local hands, eyes, and ears for the specialist on the other end of the teleconference.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, four affiliate hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center.