KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With support from the ALS Association Michigan Chapter and the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Family Foundation, Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. is using the JEMS Technology Telehealth System to deliver improved patient care and outcomes. The JEMS Telehealth System connects physicians and ALS patients in remote and underserved communities in northern Michigan to specialists at Bronson Methodist Hospital, where expert care is available.
"ALS patients and their caregivers face the unique challenge of having to travel to several specialists to receive all of the care that is required to combat the full-body, degenerative nature of the disease," explained Paula Morning, executive director of the ALS Association Michigan Chapter. "Telemedicine allows the ALS patient a unique opportunity to become educated about their disease and receive uncompromised care through face-to-face interaction with experts across all domains of care. Recent donations to the ALS Association made it possible for Bronson to use the JEMS Telehealth System; those who participated in the ice bucket challenge this summer made this patient care possible."
Using the JEMS Telehealth System, medical professionals can send live streaming video to a specialty physician via an iPhone, iPad or Android-based phone or tablet. The specialist will be able to review the video on their smart device in real time and respond with medical advice. The JEMS Telehealth System is easy to use and has been proven in the most challenging environments.
Dustin Nowacek, MD, Bronson Methodist Hospital's medical director for neuromuscular services and neurodiagnostics, explained the impact of the technology, saying, "Telemedicine will give ALS patients in northern Michigan - and several other rural areas across the country - access to the multidisciplinary clinic approach to ALS care, which in itself has been shown to improve ALS care. Incorporating telemedicine in our outpatient neurology clinic at Bronson Methodist Hospital is the opportunity for our highly qualified physicians to use their specialized interests and training to expand their services to patients who would otherwise not have that access."
At latter stages, ALS is incredibly costly, with treatment expenses as high as $200,000 annually.
"The economic impact of ALS makes a strong case for using technology to disrupt the status quo," said Kevin Lasser, president of JEMS Technology. "The ALS Association Michigan Chapter and Bronson Methodist Hospital are forging an innovative path forward for patients and families that will increase quality of care and quality of life at a time when help and hope make a difference. The JEMS Telehealth System is simply the conduit that enables physicians and specialists to deliver expert care in a way that's convenient for patients and their caregivers."
About the ALS Association
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
About JEMS Technology
Headquartered in Orion, Mich., JEMS Technology's focus is simple: Consult. Anytime. Anywhere. It specializes in secure, encrypted real-time video to hand held devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Android-based phones and Android-based tablets. JEMS Technology is focused on the healthcare market, where remote access to secure live video can assist healthcare providers to deliver better care. From real-time video to phone connectivity, JEMS Technology is effective, easy-to-use and easy to implement. For more information, visit www.JEMStech.com.
SOURCE JEMS Technology