When you or a loved one needs specialty care, it is not always necessary for you to travel far for your appointments. Gundersen Health System specialists are tapping into technology to make it easier for you to receive specialty care close to home, even if you live in rural areas.
Clinical telemedicine uses interactive video, audio and a secure, high-speed connection to link you as a patient at a regional clinic or hospital with a medical consultant at Gundersen in La Crosse or Onalaska - in real time. Telemedicine allows for more intensive management of certain diseases, such as cancer, while saving you time, money and stress of traveling to appointments in La Crosse. It can save you two hours, or more, of travel time for what could be a 10- or 15-minute follow-up appointment.
Gundersen specialties offered via clinical telemedicine
(Available in select regional locations, listed below.)
- Bariatric Surgery
- Behavioral Health
- Cardiovascular Surgery
- Diabetes Education
- General Surgery
- Interventional Radiology
- Medical Oncology
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Nutrition Services
- Palliative Care
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric Critical Care
- Pediatric Hematology/Medical Oncology
- Pediatric Surgery
- Radiation Oncology
Gundersen currently has clinical telemedicine services established in the following locations:
The Gundersen specialist acts as a consultant in collaboration with your primary healthcare provider. They can use clinical telemedicine for exams, post-operative follow-up, to monitor ongoing treatments, to interpret diagnostic tests, or to discuss prognosis and treatment options. Clinical telemedicine makes it possible to share information on vitals, symptoms and other case details in a virtual office visit using the technology.
The clinical telemedicine cart has a stethoscope and otoscope that lets the consultant in La Crosse or Onalaska see you as if in person. For example, a nurse may listen to your heart or look in your ears, and the consultant hears or sees the same thing. You are also able to view and interact with the Gundersen specialist.
Clinical telemedicine exams are not recorded and the signals sent between locations are encrypted. Transmissions are secure and private in compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations.