Telemedicine in the VA
Pre-recorded breakout session workshops
Jaime Bedford, MD FACS
Assistant Professor, surgery Dept Case Western University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, Intensivist with TeleCritical Care program Cincinnati VAMC
Dr. Bedford serves veterans across the country as an intensivist (critical care physician) with the VA in Cincinnati, OH, providing critical support to rural locations and urban centers alike using technology. An alumna of Cedarville University, she completed medical school at Wright State and surgical residency/fellowship in Michigan with the Michigan State affiliated program in Grand Rapids. She now lives near her family in Northeast Ohio and is an avid outdoor enthusiast and maple sugarer. She is also super thrilled to be able to love on her bio and adopted nieces and nephews.
The VA is on the cutting edge of using technology to serve the vast and geologically dispersed veteran population. Telemedicine helps provide access to care and expertise that otherwise would not be available. TeleCriticalCare (teleICU) is an essential tool in helping the VA complete its mission of serving our veterans.
- Identify technology currently available to bring expertise to geographically remote areas.
- Identify ways that technology and telehealth initiatives can enhance physician care of chronic diseases.
- Discuss the benefits of increasing/providing access to care using telehealth.