Pulmonology, a medical term describing all respiratory issues, is of growing concern and in 2019, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will step up treatment options with the addition with the addition of Pulmonologists to the hospital staff.
Pulmonologists treat patients affected by conditions of the chest, particularly pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and complicated chest infections.
Joining the Hutch Regional staff are:
Dr. Tariq Musa, who is board certified in Internal Medicine and trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Musa completed his Internal Medicine residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Halawani is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine and was trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Al-Halawani completed a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Yale-New Haven Hospital at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Musa’s first day on the job will be in July 2019 and Dr. Al-Halawani arrives a month later. These two medical practitioners with impeccable credentials will complement service already provided by Dr. Robert Sourk who has served this area for more than two decades.
We are excited that these two outstanding physicians have chosen Hutch Regional for their next career stop. Drs. Al-Halawani and Musa will hit the ground running and take our treatment of Pulmonology patients to the new level of excellence.
Also, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has established a Telepulmonology program that takes the hospital closer to its goal of providing all necessary services to patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week regardless of provider schedules and distance.
The new Telepulmonology program is made possible through a partnership with Eagle Telemedicine, an Atlanta based provider. Eagle Telemedicine was established in 2008 and is one of the first providers to offer telemedicine services to healthcare organizations. Today, Eagle’s footprint stretches coast to coast in the United States and Hutch Regional is fortunate to team up with this group of high caliber healthcare professionals.
Here is how our Telepulmonology service functions: A hospitalist at Hutch Regional, while treating a pulmonology patient, links up with an Eagle Telemedicine doctor through a video hookup. A rolling cart equipped with a digital stethoscope and other diagnostic equipment, as well as a videoconferencing monitor and camera will enable the Eagle Telemedicine physicians to communicate directly, face to face, with patients and staff.
The cart can securely access a patient’s electronic records and lab results. Working behind the scenes is a cloud-based telehealth network that enables the connection between patient and physician, and a small team of telemedicine physicians specifically assigned to Hutch Regional. The video hookup allows our physicians and those from Eagle Telemedicine to build a close working partnership required for top-quality care.
The need for telemedicine services has increased during the past decade as a result of a shortage in of primary care physicians in less populated areas, a problem not uncommon throughout rural America.
The new TelePulmonologist program is not Hutch Regional’s first offering of Telemedicine services. Since 2014, Hutch Regional has successfully utilized telemedicine in its stroke program. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Hutch Regional with the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, a designation that recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the best evidence-based treatments.
Additionally, Horizons Mental Health Center has been using telemedicine to provide therapy and evaluation services for more than 15 years. And, Telemedicine is often used for screenings through the Emergency Department for appointments at the Reno County Jail, and to treat patients in remote locations.
In a recent study, the Georgetown University Nursing program published a list of advantages for utilizing telemedicine.
Cost Savings: Telemedicine has been shown to improve efficiency and lower health care costs through fewer hospital admissions, shorter hospital stays, reduced travel times, and improved management of chronic diseases. One study said telehealth technologies could eliminate 387,000 transports to hospital Emergency Departments with a monetary savings of more than $300 million.
The addition of Drs. Al-Halawani and Musa to our staff working alongside Dr. Sourk and in tandem with the new TelePulmonology program places Hutch Regional in the forefront of providing the highest quality of Pulmonology treatment options within our service area.