Non-Clinical Telemedicine

Non-Clinical Services Provided via Telemedicine

The telemedicine department at Fletcher Allen offers support for administrative meetings, job interviews, and special events, such as annual conferences or awards ceremonies. The administrative utilization of telemedicine saves considerable time and cost associated with travel.  Covering special events or using telemedicine for rare occurrences commonly are the most technically challenging yet rewarding experiences.

Administrative Meetings

Often, hospital staff need to participate in meetings which include those held at other regional hospitals or simply with others across campus. The telemedicine department has equipment located in several Fletcher Allen buildings both on-site and off-site to accommodate such meetings and avoid the need for travel.  Through videoconferencing, time spent traveling from one place to the next is eliminated. 

There is no longer the need to spend two days traveling to attend an all day conference or even a two hour conference.  Simply contact the Telemedicine Department and we can do the necessary work to get you connected to the conference via two-way interactive videoconferencing.

Employment Interviews

The ability to conduct interviews with out of town candidates using our videoconferencing equipment has proven beneficial to both Fletcher Allen and the persons being interviewed. 

Dr. David Clauss of the Emergency Department at Fletcher Allen states, "I have utilized the Telemedicine Service at Fletcher Allen many times to conduct personal interviews with physicians all around the country.  The quality of the connections and the service provided by the staff have been wonderful.  The availability of Telemedicine has saved countless hours and thousands of dollars in travel for physicians moving to Vermont."

UVM MedQuest Program

Organized by the Champlain Valley Area Health Center (AHEC), the Med Quest program gathers qualified high school students from different regions of Vermont for 5 days to explore health care careers at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen. The program, staffed by first-year UVM College of Medicine students, offers the participants an opportunity to shadow health care professionals.

Using telemedicine videoconferencing capabilities, we broadcast live operations from Fletcher Allen operating rooms to these students located in nearby UVM College of Medicine conference rooms. The students view the operations real-time and can interact with the surgeons while they are performing the procedures.

Special Events and Community Service

--Three Fletcher Allen physicians, Barry Heath, M.D., (pediatric intensivist), Ed Terrien, M.D., (cardiologist) and Michael Ricci, M.D. (vascular surgeon) traveled with the Vermont National Guard to Macedonia.  Videconferencing links were established between Burlington, VT and 2 hospitals in Macedonia. One site connected with Fletcher Allen and participated in a pediatric grand rounds presentation. (Click here for article, “Macedonia”, on page 2)

--A Vermont soldier serving in Fallujah, Iraq was able to see and communicate live with his wife and newborn son at Fletcher Allen through a combination of Internet connection, fiber optic cable and satellite link. The soldier had left for Iraq several months previous. 

--Telemedicine also made it possible for a teenage girl injured in a two-car crash to attend her high school graduation via interactive video.  Though unable to physically attend the graduation, she received her diploma with her classmates located in Potsdam, NY, from her hospital bed at Fletcher Allen, as family and friends at both locations looked on. (Click here for news article)

-- While traveling in Vietnam in collaboration with UPLIFT International, Dr. Michael Ricci, UVM College of Medicine/Fletcher Allen vascular surgeon, examined one of his surgical patients located in upstate NY via telemedicine, while an audience in Washington D.C. looked on.  The examination was part of the first telemedicine project between the United States and Vietnam.  The demonstration also included a live endoscopy and a live open heart surgery, performed at Fletcher Allen, and viewed by medical staff in Vietnam and by onlookers in Washington D.C.  (Click here for news article)

Related Documents

Telegraduation Artcile, Burlington Free Press, 1999 Download PDF
Telemedicine Exam from Vietnam, Burlington Free Press, 1998 Download PDF

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