CDPH Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Jeffers-Smith is shown here using the Telemedicine equipment.
Earlier this month, Cobb & Douglas Public Health received a state-of-the art Telemedicine Cart, joining the network of health departments in Georgia that are focused on bringing a new form of specialized care to their clients. This new tool has been put in place at the Marietta Public Health Center to help improve the HIV services and consulting CDPH provides to its patients.
Many counties in the state have strong telecommunications connections to provide telehealth services such as nutrition counseling, dental care and breastfeeding education, however the CDPH Telemedicine cart will be used mainly for HIV services. The process allows clients to use two-way, real-time technology and each cart is equipped with a stethoscope, otoscope and a general exam camera.
The mission of the statewide telemedicine network is to increase access to health care for many Georgians, particularly those in rural areas of the state where specialized medical care is often sparse.
Additional information regarding Telemedicine equipment and technology can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov.