As a large organization that seeks to deliver differentiated in-patient rehabilitation services from its multiple locations, our
client was looking for a way to cost-effectively bring specialty care services to its patients directly from their geographically
distributed facilities across the country. In an effort to treat the whole patient, both physically and mentally through recovery,
the team adopted psychiatric oversight as part of their programs. Unfortunately the shortage of resources and the cost of
dedicated on-site personnel, made it increasingly difficult to scale this approach.

“When we see patients, they have lost much of the independence they are accustomed to,” said the CEO of our client’s
Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Richmond, VA. “We notice a leaning toward depression when they are not able to do what
they previously could. So having psychiatry oversight is important for our patients.”

“We have a fairly large brain injury and stroke population,” said the Executive Administrative Assistant and Credentialer at our
client’s Northern Virginia Site facility. “There is a need for these patients to be seen and we did not have that expertise on
hand. We needed consistency from our service offering.”

Their concerns reached a turning point when one of their facilities in North Carolina had its single onsite psychiatrist retire.
After months of being unable to fill the position the team turned their attention towards telehealth.


ViTel Net, in partnership with leading physician services and staffing organization, LT Telehealth powered by, helped design a comprehensive telehealth solution that would include access to LT Telehealth’s team
of expert specialists while streamlining care delivery. The program launched initially with support for psychiatry and
cardiology, then later expanded to include nephrology, neurology and infectious disease.

ViTel Net integrated its virtual care platform with the client’s existing EHR using standards based Fast Health
Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interfaces (API) to streamline clinical and administrative
processes. Local providers could now seamlessly move between Cerner and ViTel Net via a single sign-on to access ViTel
Net scheduling. LT Telehealth providers were able to document inside ViTel Net and have data automatically transferred
to the patient’s chart in Cerner at the conclusion of the encounter. LT Telehealth worked with each facility to launch the
program from an operational standpoint, including addressing any scheduling or credentialing challenges. The client’s
corporate IT team provided iPads to the sites that have ViTel Net’s vCareNet app installed and configured to be
automatically pulled into consult sessions by the remote specialist. The client’s corporate IT helpdesk provides end users
with tier 1 support and they escalate issues to ViTel Net’s support organization as needed to ensure timely resolution of
technical issues.

Accessing Specialists –
Caring for Patients in Place

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