KGH expands its video link to the world

A gift as part of a recent fundraising campaign will allow hospital to expand its specialized telecommunication system.

Kelowna General Hospital is expanding its TeleHealth system, thanks to a “generous” donation that was part of the recent Take Care, Take Part fundraising campaign for the hospital that collected $7.5 million.

While the exact amount of the gift that funded the telecommunications system expansion is being kept secret, the money will allow the hospital to expand the use of it sophisticated technology that allows doctors and nurses to consult with patients and other health providers using advanced telecommunications.

Interior Heath currently uses TeleHealth to connect almost 300 systems in 40 communities, meaning less travel time and inconvenience for patients, speedier assessments, a reduction in emergency department visits, hospital admissions and average lengths of stay in a hospital.

“TeleHealth provides great learning opportunities for medical students, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to stay on the leading edge of medical interventions, treatments and team-based training, said Dr. Allan Jones, regional associate dean for the Interior at the UBC faculty of medicine. The university has a medical school at KGH and uses the system.

The donation to expand KGH’s TeleHealth capacity was made by the Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation.

“We are pleased to be part of this initiative in bringing new medical technology to our local hospital in cooperation with UBC’s faculty of medicine Southern Medical Program and Interior Health,” said Colin Pritchard.

The new Centennial Building at KGH has two TeleHealth clinical video conferencing rooms and six video conferencing rooms linking residents, physicians and health care workers to medical experts throughout the province and around the world.

The technology is allowing KGH to broaden its reach and make a positive impact on patient quality of life, said the KGH Foundation, which raised the money for the project through it recently completed fundraising campaign to held add equipment to the new Centennial tower.






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