MOREHEAD, Ky. — Federal Communications Commission COVID-19 Telehealth funding has awarded $308,894 to St. Claire HealthCare to help it maintain changes in the way it delivers care since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived.
Systems across the world had to quickly adapt to patient needs and safety practices that were implemented to stem the spread of a virus that has killed several million and hospitalized many times that number.
“When the pandemic began, the information technology team at SCH put in a lot of effort to support our clinical teams,” said Andy Price, St. Claire Health VP and chief information officer. “We knew it was important to reach patients from a space they would be most comfortable, so that’s where technology comes into play.”
One investment SCH had to make in order to offer care virtually was Zoom for healthcare, Price said.
“Funds have been used for laptops, tablets, and other devices and software to ensure the virtual care system was effective and convenient for both our patients and staff,” he said.
SCH continues to work to be innovative in the delivery of care to its 11-county service region through virtual visits, curbside visits, and other ways to reach patients who aren’t comfortable or aren’t able to travel to their doctor’s office.
“Funding to make virtual care possible benefits our entire community,” said Price. “We are appreciative to be able to offer the opportunity to our patients.”
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