Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) in Berlin is partnering with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Connected Care to provide tele-neurology and tele-psychiatry services via telemedicine to patients in northern New Hampshire needing consultations and treatment. In the emergency department or inpatient setting, the tele-neurology and tele-psychiatry service enables prompt assessment and treatment by Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) neurologists or psychiatrists at locations that do not have around-the-clock in-person coverage. With these tele-medicine services, AVH provides its patients with those assessment and treatment recommendations via 24/7 real-time emergency and non-emergency consults and will help reduce transfers and keep patients closer to home.
The services use live, two-way, secure video on large format, high-definition mobile carts to connect D-H providers with selected AVH patients and local medical care teams.
“AVH is pleased to offer these expanded services to help those in need of timely neurology or psychiatry care,” says Keith Shute, MD, CMO and senior VP, AVH. “The tele-neurology offering will complement the treatments provided by the Neurology team of AVH Surgical Associates, while this tele-psychiatry relationship will be in addition to our valued collaboration with Northern Human Services.”
“The goal of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Telehealth is to help deliver outstanding care to our region independent of patient location,” says Kevin Curtis, MD, MS, medical director of D-H Connected Care. “We are thrilled to add neurology and psychiatry to the robust telemedicine collaboration that already exists between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Androscoggin Valley Hospital.”