Swedish has successfully implemented numerous internal and external telemedicine programs since 2004. We now have 20 telemedicine partners throughout Washington. From the initial program (TeleICU 2004), we have added TeleStroke (2005), TeleNeurology, Inpatient (2011), TeleSocial Work (2011), TeleHospitalist (2012) and TelePsychiatry (2012). Currently, we are able to offer a menu of over 20 programs. Through this growth, we have learned the importance of collaboration with physician, nursing, and information technology leadership in order to facilitate program sustainability.
A key component in expanding TeleHealth programs and services was the implementation of the role of the Telepresenter. This role required development of a training program based on the American Telemedicine Association white paper. The Telepresenter is a nurse who is trained to the technology, such as digital stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope and examination camera, to facilitate comprehensive exams under physician guidance. Programs launched utilizing a TelePresenter include TeleNeurology, TeleHospitalist and TelePyschiatry to increase efficiencies across our five campus system. Each program was developed leveraging existing clinical resources to optimize efficiencies while increasing timely access to patients. Through adoption of these programs we were able to demonstrate improvement in length of stay, time to treat, and equivalent accuracy of diagnosis.
Presented by: Pita Nims, RN MN
A master’s prepared nurse with a background in clinical education including a strong project management component; Pita Nims builds and manages the clinical aspect of Swedish’s telemedicine programs. Her clinical background was in critical care in the cardiac unit here on the Cherry Hill campus and received her undergrad and graduate degree in nursing from the University of Washington. She is also certified as a Telepresenter through the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing, and recently completed certification in project management through the continuing education program at the University of Washington. She has trained over 30 nurses successfully in telepresenting here at Swedish.
This website is supported by grant number G22RH31114 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.