In an era where digital health is transforming the medical landscape, rural healthcare stands to gain significantly from these advancements.

In a recent webinar hosted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Karsten Russell-Wood, Chief Marketing Officer of Equum Medical, was honored to participate as a guest speaker, contributing to the discussion of challenges faced by rural health systems due to geography and resource scarcity.

Yet, with modern telehealth solutions like those offered by Equum Medical, dynamic resourcing of clinical workforces is now possible. These services allow for the real-time distribution of healthcare professionals to meet patient needs, adapt to demand changes, and provide accessible services.

In this webinar, UMMC, recognized as one of only two Centers of Excellence in Telehealth by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), shares its extensive experience tailoring healthcare delivery for rural communities.

Equum Medical joins the conversation to underscore the integration of advanced telehealth technologies and virtual workforce strategies. Together, we're forging paths to ensure rural communities receive comprehensive, timely, and efficient healthcare services.

At Equum Medical, we're continuously exploring ways to enhance health care, especially for those in rural communities. We were proud to be part of the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) recent webinar, "Bridging the Gap: Leveraging Telehealth to Drive Value-Based Care in Rural Hospital Settings." This event was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the transformative role telehealth can play for rural hospitals.

Our CEO, Dr. Corey Scurlock, was joined by Kodi Smith from NRHA and Eric Shell, Chairman of Stroudwater Associates, in leading the discussion. Dr. Scurlock shared insights from our work at Equum Medical, highlighting both the challenges and the opportunities in rural health care. We're committed to ensuring that health care in rural settings matches the quality and efficiency found in urban centers.

It was great to be recognized alongside Stroudwater for our collaborative efforts. Working together, we aim to bring about meaningful changes, from shaping policies to securing funding. We believe that by pooling our resources and expertise, we can achieve the best outcomes for rural health care providers and their patients.

A big thanks to the NRHA for hosting such an insightful webinar and allowing us to share our perspective. We're genuinely passionate about our mission, and with the potential of telehealth, we're confident we can make a significant impact in rural health care. Here's to the future of health care, accessible and efficient for all!

In a recent episode of the Titans of Healthcare podcast, our CEO, Dr. Corey Scurlock, engaged in a rich discussion alongside a panel of esteemed industry experts. They delved into the evolving landscape of healthcare, offering insights that are set to shape the future of medical care.

Meet the Panelists:

Key Takeaways:

  1. AI's Growing Role: AI is making its mark in healthcare. The panel explored its real-world applications, from diagnosis to tailored treatments, and the challenges of integrating it into daily operations.
  2. Telehealth's Impact: Beyond its rise during the pandemic, telehealth is reshaping patient care. The discussion highlighted its role in enhancing accessibility, especially for remote or underserved communities.
  3. Overcoming Challenges: From navigating regulations to addressing diverse patient needs, the panelists shared their strategies and experiences in the multifaceted world of healthcare.
  4. The Road Ahead: The conversation ventured into what lies ahead for healthcare, touching on hybrid care models and the shift towards more patient-centric approaches.
  5. Staying Agile: In a rapidly changing industry, adaptability is key. The experts emphasized the importance of staying updated, embracing new technologies, and being proactive.

In Closing:

At Equum Medical, we're always pushing the boundaries of what's possible in healthcare. Dr. Scurlock's participation in such pivotal discussions reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence. We invite you to enjoy the full episode, available right here on our page.

In this insightful discussion, Karsten Russell-Wood, MBA, MPH, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer at Equum Medical, leads a panel of healthcare leaders in exploring the challenges and opportunities in telehealth and virtual care. The conversation delves into the concept of 'feeling the squeeze' in healthcare, where organizations are expected to deliver high-quality care with fewer resources and higher expectations.

Karsten emphasizes the importance of developing a telehealth roadmap that aligns with the traditional care delivery mindset. He also discusses the concept of multimodal care, highlighting how digital enablement can contribute to growth and profitability in a consumer-oriented healthcare environment.

The panel also discusses the challenges of supply-demand management in virtual care, the potential of new business models, and the importance of operationalizing telehealth in a broader context. The conversation also touches on the role of various healthcare professionals, including nurses, in the future of telehealth.

This video is a must-watch for anyone interested in the future of healthcare delivery, the role of telehealth, and how organizations can navigate the 'squeeze' in resources.

In this insightful panel discussion, experts in the field of telehealth, including Corey Scurlock MD, MBA, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equum Medical, come together to discuss the evolution and future of telehealth in ICU and acute care settings.

The panelists reflect on the advancements in telehealth over the past 25 years, particularly in recognizing and surveilling patient deterioration. They delve into the challenges of manpower shortage in the healthcare industry and how telehealth can be a solution to this pressing issue.

Corey Scurlock shares his insights on how the field of telehealth has evolved from being used primarily in smaller rural hospitals to now being utilized in larger hospitals to address workforce shortages. He also discusses the potential of telehealth in improving patient flow in the healthcare system, shortening their length of stay in the ICU, and facilitating faster discharges.

The discussion further explores the role of telehealth in workforce training, its potential as a powerful recruitment tool, and its value as a resource for younger, less experienced healthcare workers. The panelists also address the challenges in rural healthcare, including workforce shortages and hospital closures, and how telehealth can help overcome these obstacles.

This video is a must-watch for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and anyone interested in the future of telehealth and its impact on ICU and acute care settings.

In this insightful panel discussion titled "Your Nurses Need Help Is Telehealth the Answer?", Ashley VonNida, DNP, MBA, MSN, the Chief Nursing Officer at Equum Medical, shares her expert insights on the role and potential of virtual nursing in today's healthcare landscape. The panel also includes other distinguished guests from the healthcare industry.

Equum Medical is a telehealth company that provides comprehensive services, including sitters, RNs, and physicians, to supplement existing hospital staff. The role of a virtual nurse is tailored to the specific needs of each hospital they collaborate with.

One of Equum Medical's primary goals is to preserve bed capacity in rural hospitals and clinics throughout the Midwest. They aim to achieve this by enhancing their remote assessment capabilities, enabling virtual nurses to perform more comprehensive assessments.

Ashley emphasizes the potential of virtual nursing as a means to restore work-life balance for healthcare workers, many of whom are leaving the profession due to exhaustion. By providing an environment where nurses enjoy working, virtual nursing can help retain, recruit, and keep nurses in the profession.

The company measures patient satisfaction, staff satisfaction, and outcomes to evaluate the success of their virtual nursing program. They also aim to reduce incentive pays, highlighting the cost savings from retaining staff through virtual nursing programs, given the high cost of nurse turnover.

Ashley also advocates for allowing virtual nurses to work from home, arguing that this would significantly expand recruitment capabilities. In terms of technology, she emphasizes the importance of having a dedicated product team and building in redundancies to ensure the smooth operation of the virtual nursing program. Watch the full video to learn more about the potential of virtual nursing in addressing the current challenges in healthcare.