Innovation in Remote Health Care Award supported by InTouch Health
Burke Mental Health Emergency Center
The Burke Mental Health Emergency Center, working in cooperation with JSA Health Telepsychiatry, (MHEC) is the first Psychiatric Emergency Service in the world exclusively serviced by emergency telepsychiatrists. The center was created through a massive and creative strategy developed by local police, EMR, judicial courts, emergency departments, community mental health centers and advocates for the mentally Ill who saw the need for a regional and rural psychiatric emergency center.
Adapting telemedicine to emergency psychiatry has allowed access to emergency psychiatrists in a wide variety of remote locations including community psychiatric emergency centers, community mental health centers, jails, public and private schools, colleges and universities, homeless shelters, federally qualified health centers, hospital emergency departments, and even cruise ships in most oceans of the world. The MHEC has made a substantial, positive impact on the community and it demonstrates how telemedicine can save money, increase access to care, and diminish the need for hospitalizations, or incarcerations, in behavioral health emergencies.
Health Delivery Quality and Innovation Award supported by AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc.
Center for Rural Health Innovation: MY Health-e-Schools
MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina through telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. My Health-e-Schools collaborates with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, pediatric preventive cardiology, adolescent medicine consultations, and telepsychology / telebehavioral health.
Using telemedicine to connect patients to quality health care providers is a proven way to increase access to health services, especially in rural areas; however, the idea of a school-based telemedicine program is unique. MY Health-e-Schools allows school nurses to connect ill students with health care providers. School-based health centers have been shown to improve attendance and reduce barriers to learning. MY Health-e-Schools increases classroom attendance for students and decrease time spent away from work for the parent or care giver of the student.