UPMC Physician Perspectives Spring 2014 - page 4

RandyM. Boggess,DO,medical director atUPMCNorthwest,
says thehospitalworkscloselywith theUPMCHeart and
Vascular InstituteatUPMCPassavant and theUPMCHamot
Heart andVascular Institute toprovidecareandcoordinate
interventional treatment of emergencycardiacproblems.
Telemedicine isenhancing that carebybringing topcardiac
specialists into theEmergencyDepartmentatUPMCNorthwest.
“Wecan linkpatientselectronically toexperts for real-time
consultations for faster diagnosisand treatment,” saysDr. Boggess.
Michael Fallert,MD, chairof cardiologyatUPMCPassavant and
assistantdirector, clinical cardiology,UPMCHeart andVascular
Institute, says, “Telemedicineallowspatients togo toUPMC
Northwest andhave immediateaccess toexpert interventional
cardiologists. Theyquicklycandeterminewhetherapatient
can remain thereor shouldbe transferred foradvancedcare.”
ANetworkof Experts
Patientsnot experiencinganemergency situationwho still need
advancedcarearequicklyand seamlessly linked toUPMC’s
comprehensive resources, includinganetworkof cardiaccare
subspecialistsandcutting-edge therapiesand services.
UPMC’suseof electronichealth recordsenableseveryone involved
in thepatient’scare toeasilyviewhealthhistoryand treatment
information— resulting inabetter understandingof patient needs
andcoordinationof care.
QualityCareClose toHome
“Patientsdon’t have to travel far to receivequalitycardiaccare,”
saysDarlaHess,MD, acardiologist at theUPMCHeart and
Vascular InstituteatUPMCNorthwest.
“UPMCNorthwest hasmanydiagnostic toolsavailable, and
manyconditionscanbemanagedmedicallywithout an invasive
procedure,” addsDr.Hess,who isboard-certified inboth internal
medicineandcardiovasculardisease, andhasaspecial interest
inwomen’scardiologycare.
Dr.Hessand fellowcardiologistWilliamP. Edwards Jr.,MD,who
isboard-certified incardiovascular disease, internalmedicine,
andnuclear cardiology, treat cardiovascular problems ranging
fromarrhythmiasandvalvedisorders toheart failure, pulmonary
hypertension, andheart attacks.
UPMCNorthwest’sdiagnostic services include stress tests,
echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms,Holter
monitoring, andnuclear imaging. Thehospital alsoo ers
inpatientmedical treatment for heart problemsand
acomprehensiveCardiopulmonaryRehabilitationProgram.
Formore informationoncardiovascular services
atUPMCNorthwest, call theUPMCHeart andVascular Institute
atUPMCNorthwest at814-432-7327.
TELEMEDICINEBRINGS INTERVENTIONEXPERTS INTOTHE
EMERGENCYDEPARTMENTFORENHANCEDTRIAGEOF
HEARTATTACKPATIENTS
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ATUPMC
NORTHWEST
Cardiovascular disease
is thenation’s biggest
killer, but excellent care
canhelppatients beat
theodds.
At UPMCNorthwest,
patients have access to
a comprehensivenetwork
of cardiovascular services
deliveredbyexpert UPMC
cardiologists and surgeons.
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