New tech brings patients to the doctor's office, without leaving home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  There is state of the art technology sweeping across the medical field that allows doctors to see patients from thousands of miles away and now, a new piece of that technology is in Region 8.

The Ernest and Anna Ritter family endowment donated funds to the Centers for Children in Jonesboro that purchased Telemedicine equipment. The equipment is an interactive video and audio system that will provide physicians with the chance to talk to patients, other doctors, and attend conferences all from their home offices.

Ritter Arnold said, "we know that there is a tremendous need up here for pediatric specialty medicine. Arkansas Children's Clinic has been working for a while to get their clinic on base here and operating. We knew they needed equipment to get that done and most particularly some telemedicine equipment."

The equipment will be used to connect the Children's Center to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Medical Director at Centers for Children, Dr. Stephen Bates, said, "the prime reason is to prevent families and children from having to drive all the way to Little Rock over two hours from Jonesboro. We have access, we have education, and we are beginning to expand patient care. Patient care has been a little slow because of the reimbursement issue when one uses telemedicine."

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