July 5, 2012

Telemedicine Revolution Needed In Rural Health Care


Dr. Alan Michels can still vividly recall the heart attack patient he saved thanks to the clamor of angels on his shoulder. Well, not angels exactly — cardiology specialists, actually, who provided all the expert advice in real-time needed to save a patient who had essentially dropped dead… Instead, the EKG at the clinic revealed a sharp spike in the electrical signals generated by the heart, suggesting the man was actually having a heart attack. Acutely aware that Payson lacks a cardiac cath lab or anyone who can perform open-heart surgery, the clinic doctor called in the paramedics who rushed the patient to the helipad for a $17,000 flight to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.


Payson Roundup (Arz)

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Alan Michels, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale

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