Specialized Telehealth Services
Paducah Schools Virtual Care Visits
Baptist Health provides virtual medical care to students and staff of McCracken County Public Schools and Paducah Independent Schools. We offer urgent care video visits using TytoCare devices to all students and staff on campus at any of our schools. Your child can now be seen by your local Baptist health pediatric provider virtually as well.
Paducah city schools has five schools nurses, all employees of Baptist Health Paducah, that are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) who are on campus to assist patients in registering and getting the patient ready for their virtual care visit with one of our providers. In McCracken County, there are two patient access coordinators that cover all schools in the district to provide the same services above to students and staff. Please note that all providers on the virtual video visits are Nurse Practitioners (NP’s).
On-site staff will assist patients with registering and logging on to the virtual visit through a school provided iPad. Each school has an iPad designated for virtual visits with Baptist Health NP’s.
From check-ups to sick care, our goal is to provide convenient, accessible healthcare to meet the needs of busy families and reduce absenteeism. Baptist Health is proud to provide this service to the community and has shifted how to receive care previously provided by school clinics. Virtual care is now available through on-demand video visits at any of our school campuses as well as online at Baptist Health Virtual Care.
Some common conditions treated through virtual visits include:
- Coronavirus/flu screening
- Sinus congestion
- Flu symptoms
- Cold or cough
- Skin conditions
- Pink eye
Other, more serious conditions, can be handled through urgent care off-campus.
Corbin Advanced ICU Telehealth (AICU/Hicuity)
At Baptist Health Corbin, we provide an excellent service for our community members who are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at our hospital. The advanced ICU program uses technology and remote access to provide care to our patients from experts across the country, called Hicuity. Hicuity refers to telehealth in the ICU and includes care options such as telestroke and telehematology.
During the day, these specialists are a backup to our physicians at the patient’s bedside onsite. At night, the AICU specialists are able to do everything a critical care doctor can do onsite, except to administer treatment that requires a doctor to be physically there.
At night, we rely heavily on the specialists with the AICU to help drive care for our sickest patients. These specialists have full privileges within our hospital and use algorithms to detect conditions, write orders and see the monitors and charts of patients in ICU.
Baptist Health Corbin is proud to partner with the AICU to provide exceptional care to rural counties in Kentucky so our patients don’t have to travel to a large metropolis to get the expert care of a specialist.
Stroke Telemedicine in Corbin
Stroke telemedicine in Corbin brings advanced stroke care physicians to the patient’s bedside
s. These physicians speak directly to local physicians and patients from the screen of a mobile cart. This provides numerous benefits to Baptist Health Corbin patients:
- Accessible Care. Patients are cared for by advanced stroke care providers
,enabling patients to receive services without the need for transportation far from home.
- Fast, Responsive Care. Physicians can respond to a patient’s need using tele-stroke 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The timeliness is exceptionally important in stroke treatment where “time is brain,” or, the more time that elapses after a stroke without treatment, the more brain tissue that is threatened.
- Advanced Care. Receiving care from telemedicine stroke physicians provides patients access to the most current interventional stroke physician coverage
Some physical procedures cannot be performed by a telemedicine doctor directly, such as tapping a patient’s knee to get a reflex, touching a patient to assess dehydration or temperature, or performing invasive procedures. At Baptist Health Corbin, our physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and nurses perform these physical assessments to identify abnormalities which can occur when a patient is experiencing symptoms of a stroke. However, executing these procedures becomes the role of the other healthcare providers at the bedside, such as your local emergency room physicians, hospitalists, and nurses. These providers have received extensive training on how to help the stroke specialist with any critical test or exam that is needed. The telemedicine physician gives instructions to the bedside provider about what is needed to provide the patient with excellent care. If transport is needed, the telemedicine provider will recommend such a plan of action.
Use of Stroke Telemedicine
At Baptist Health Corbin, we currently offer emergency room and inpatient tele-stroke care services. We will also work with your primary care physician to provide him or her with the information about your hospital stay and follow-up care recommendations.
The patient and/or his or her primary care physician can always call the stroke provider after discharge with any questions as well. Baptist Health Corbin also provides an outpatient follow-up clinic with our local nurse practitioner with telemedicine services available.
Urgent Care without the drive
TytoCare is a hand-held, medical device kit that allows for remote medical exams from our providers at any time. Many conditions require a physical exam for diagnosis and treatment, but the TytoCare device allows a Baptist Health virtual provider to take precise measurements of the vital signs needed to diagnose and treat your symptoms appropriately.