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New York Hospital Getting Telemedicine Program

April 22, 2014

Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake, N.Y., is getting a new telemedicine program. The Watertown Daily Times reports that Clifton-Fine Hospital is putting out the word that its services will expand with telemedicine.

As part of funding through the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Clifton-Fine will be able to provide some advanced medical services in-house.

“I’m very excited about it, “ hospital Administrator Robert L. Seamon said. “Transportation is an issue for a lot of our patients.”

Specialized video equipment will allow the hospital’s primary care clinic to have the patient at Clifton-Fine while a specialist examines him or her from a hospital in Syracuse or Watertown, for example. A nurse stays with the patient and assists with the examination. The equipment is sensitive enough that a doctor on the other end can hear what is happening through a stethoscope or view a digital image of a rash.

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