eLTC is a new service line in the Avera eCARE™ family of telehealth services.
Residents of long-term care often suffer discomfort and disorientation when transferred out of their home setting, which makes healing and wellness less likely. eLTC will allow residents to stay in a familiar, homelike environment and still receive needed health care services.
eLTC connects long-term-care residents to physicians at remote locations using two-way audio-visual telehealth technology to:
- Improve staff and resident access to high-quality care in a convenient, low-cost manner
- Provide round-the-clock urgent care to residents exhibiting acute symptoms not readily addressed during regular clinic hours
- Accurately assess residents’ conditions from hundreds of miles away
- Eliminate costly and exhausting transport to and from the clinic or hospital setting
- Reduce unnecessary transfers, allowing residents to be cared for in their homes by staff who know their unique needs
- Offer residents treatment at home
- Initiate earlier treatment for acute conditions
- Prevent readmissions
- Decrease transport costs
- Decrease unnecessary emergency department visits
Good Samaritan Society and Avera collaborate on new service for nursing home residents
Mar 22, 2012
The Good Samaritan Society and Avera are working together in De Smet, S.D., to pilot a new service called eLTC, which stands for electronic long-term care.
LTC allows residents with acute healthcare issues at the Good Samaritan Society’s rehabilitation and skilled care center in De Smet to be evaluated and diagnosed by healthcare providers 100 miles away, in Sioux Falls, using a system of cameras, microphones and a TV connected to a physician and nurse hub.