Case Analysis Report
Telehealth vs. Telemedicine
By: Matt Wood
Telemedicine at ECU
The telemedicine center at ECU has been around longer than similar operations around the world. Its inception was in 1992 and has grown tremendously since then. The main purpose of the telemedicine system at ECU is to utilize telehealth and technology to assist in healthcare when needed. The current focus is on improving clinical staff, quality, and convenience for health consumers. The area served by ECU’s telemedicine center is Eastern North Carolina. The benefits of the center are important to this region due to the limited health care access. The center operates by having a presenter at the patient’s location such as a nurse and a consultant at the telemedicine center. The consultant is typically a physician or specialist. The nurse presents the case to the consultant via a videoconference which allows the patient access to a physician without having to drive a long distance to their office.
Telehealth at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
The telehealth center at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is similar to the Telemedicine Center at ECU in that it uses technology to extend health services. It is located in Hertford County, North Carolina and serves residents of its community. It was the first federally qualified center in the nation to implement a community telehealth network. The biggest difference between the two centers is that RCCHC focuses on preventative and monitoring care using technology. Patients in the network can take daily readings of blood pressure, pulse, weight, etc. from home. The devices used to take these readings automatically send the results to the Health Center. Once received the telehealth staff can review the data and provide feedback to the patient all in the comfort of their home. This type of...