WINNSBORO, LA– A new partnership between Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) and Franklin Medical Center (FMC) is bringing telecardiology services to the community of Winnsboro and surrounding communities, offering patients the opportunity to receive world-class cardiovascular care from their local hospital, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. This will allow for more comprehensive care for the patients and prevent unnecessary transfers to larger hospitals.
As a part of this partnership, cardiologists at Cardiovascular Institute of the South, based in south Louisiana, will provide 24/7 consultation on patients in the emergency room and for patients already admitted to the hospital at Franklin Medical Center. They are able to conduct a full interview and even use a digital stethoscope to listen to heart sounds, allowing them to make thorough examinations and treat patients remotely.
Telecardiology is a form of telemedicine that connects patients to an offsite cardiologist through digital communication, such as a telehealth robot. Telecardiology creates a unique patient experience, allowing patients to see a cardiovascular specialist at a remote hospital without leaving their community.
“Telemedicine is transforming healthcare,” said CIS CEO David Konur. “This partnership will enhance the cardiovascular services available at the hospital, and our cardiologists will bring world-class care to patients in Winnsboro by meeting them where they are.”
“Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art cardiology care to hopefully avoid transfers and keep patients in their communities under the care of their local doctors,” said Dr. David Homan, interventional cardiologist with CIS.