Telepulmonology virtually links pulmonologists with patients

Telepulmonology is a Reid Telehealth services that allows expertly skilled ​pulmonologists at Reid to conduct a physician-patient visit with patients who are not in the same exam room as the pulmonologist. Instead, the patient is located at one of five ​Reid community physician practices, using high-definition, real-time, two-way audio and video Telehealth technology.

Pulmonological disorders, including but not limited to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and pneumonia, traditionally require multiple visits for care and follow-up. For Reid patients who have respiratory problems, they can now get access to a pulmonary specialist through our Telepulmonology service without having to travel all the way to Richmond, Indiana.

In the more rural communities served by Reid, patients who need non-emergency pulmonary care often must arrange time away from work, secure a temporary caregiver while they are away from home, arrange transportation, and travel outside of their community to see a cardiologist. This is a burden on the patient and their families. With Telepulmonology, patients are able to access a pulmonary specialist locally, without traveling to Richmond.

How does telepulmonology work?

This telemedicine program uses digital tools which allow the Reid pulmonologist to perform a complete pulmonology assessment for a patient at a remote location. The on-site telepresenter, a trained healthcare professional who is with the patient, assists with the examination. Once the exam is complete, the Reid pulmonologist is able to create treatment plans and make recommendations.

About our pulmonologists

Reid has pulmonologists, specially trained in diseases of the chest, respiratory tract, lungs and cardio-pulmonary system (the organs that help people breathe and take in oxygen), available to participate in Telepulmonology, offering advanced treatment options available locally.

Reid pulmonologists can treat a variety of breathing disorders and conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis, chronic cough, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis and more. Telepulmonology offers very convenient access to a thorough pulmonary exam by Reid pulmonologists for many types of breathing disorders, while decreasing or eliminating the burden of travel or work absences to the patient.

Contact information:

TelePulmonology: (765) 935-8878

email: Reid Health Telehealth