Orange-based Saint Joseph Health System has partnered with AT&T to offer Telehealth, a collaborative health-care pilot project aimed at connecting patients and doctors through premium technology. Physicians and specialists will be able to tend to patients in a personalized real-time virtual visit.
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The program will be rolled out over the next few months.
Spread across seven different locations in Orange County, each wellness station will be managed by AT&T Telepresence Solutions, which incorporates platforms by Cisco HealthPresence and AT&T Business Exchange.
The Orange County sites that have been chosen are Occupational Health Services at St. Jude Heritage Medical Group in Fullerton, Camino Health Clinic in San Juan Capistrano, St. Jude Neighborhood Clinic in Fullerton and Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach.
The goal of the project: to make health care more accessible across the region. Under the AT&T global network and in real time, doctors will be able to offer specialized, even urgent care to patients from miles away. It is about overcoming barriers to care for those who may not otherwise receive the medical attention they need.
"As a Catholic health-care system, it is our goal to extend beyond our hospital walls to provide better access to care, particularly specialty care, where it hasn't been as accessible before," said Dr. Elliot Sternberg, executive vice president of wellness and health improvement for St. Joseph Health System.
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