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The patient was short of breath, pale and his echocardiography results spelled trouble. He clearly failed the eyeball test, even if the eyeball making that assessment was 95 miles away and looking at a computer monitor. One angiogram, two stents and a short time later, he received care that might have been delayed by as much a month had he not enrolled in a pilot telecardiology program.
“We have had many examples of patients who otherwise would have waited two to four weeks to see someone in person who were seen the next day or week,” says Marc C. Newell, MD, a cardiologist and director of the telecardiology program at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. The program, launched under the Allina Health system in 2014, complements a cardiac outreach program that encompasses more than...