Please join me in thanking our EPIC nurses, primary care physicians, and counselors for finding innovative ways to provide medical and psychological care to the people we support during the COVID-19 pandemic. I especially want to commend Edith Arah, RN; Samaria Hines, RN; Dr. George Hajjar, MD; Dr. Monisola Adeyemo, NP; and Janet Crockett, LCSW-C for using technology to offer virtual appointments and medical evaluations as a part of our telehealthcare efforts.
Telehealth or telemedicine is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another through electronic communications with the goal of improving a person's health status. Some of the telehealth services we provide include:
- Nursing evaluations
- Primary care health assessments
- Mental health and counselling services
These and other services are done through a wide array of remote healthcare options including:
- Nursing calls
- Remote monitoring of vital signs
According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), studies have consistently shown that the quality of healthcare services delivered via telemedicine are as good as those given in traditional in-person consultations. However, for EPIC the major benefit of telemedicine is the ability to maintain our standards of care while we practice social-distancing.
I truly appreciate all of the healthcare professionals who have been committed to supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through these trying times. Your services are more than essential.
Marcia Burrell-Odeyemi, RN
EPIC Director of Nursing