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Aspirus awarded $53,000 grant for telemedicine program

Jul 19, 2012

WAUSAU, Wis. – Aspirus recently received a $53,569 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to expand its telemedicine program.

The grant will be used by Aspirus to purchase a cart equipped with special diagnostic equipment and wireless devices. These devices will connect babies, families and physicians in the newborn intensive care unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital to specialists at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.

The special equipment will transmit images and data without delay, allowing neonatal, genetics and pediatric surgery specialists from Madison to offer immediate consultations.

“Telemedicine allows our physicians to see patients or consult with other specialists who may be hundreds of miles away as if they are in the same room,” said Maria Gulan, vice president of operations for Aspirus Clinics. This grant will allow us to enhance our telemedicine program even further and help us give our rural patients access to specialty care without a long drive to a larger city.”

The grant also is being used to purchase wireless devices to conduct a pilot study with physicians who currently see patients via telemedicine. Currently, Aspirus utilizes telemedicine mostly for senior health consultations and to connect patients in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with specialists in Wausau, such as cardiologists.