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  • A part of Allina Health TeleHealth, Minneapolis Heart Institute's® TeleHeart program provides patients in rural communities access to nationally-recognized cardiovascular care. Using a secure system, Minneapolis Heart Institute® providers are able to assess, diagnose and treat patient’s heart conditions. 

    In 2014, in part, by generous support from CoBank, AgStar Financial Services and United FCS of Willmar, the program began by offering general cardiology consultations at four rural sites in Minnesota. In order to reach patients with complete heart care needs, Minneapolis Heart institute® is now also offering care in the subspecialty services of electrophysiology, structural heart valve, heart failure and vascular. 

    TeleHeart is a real time, remote, fact-to-face video health care interaction. It offers patients several advantages over traditional specialty care, including:

    • Shorter wait for care—With the addition of TeleHeart appointments in our outreach communities, we offer faster access to cardiologist and cardiology sub specialty care.
    • Convenience—Patients can receive expert care delivered close to home in a familiar environment. Less travel time is also easier on the patient's family and support system.
    • Cost to patient—The cost for a TeleHeart visit is similar to a traditional office visit and is usually covered by medical insurance.

    How it works

    For a TeleHeart appointment, local nurse practitioners (NPs)—or Allina Health-employed NPs/Physician Assistants traveling to rural communities—start the face-to-face patient visits by reviewing patient’s needs and physically examining the patient. They then connect with our cardiologist via TeleHeart video equipment.

    Patients can ask questions and interact with the cardiologist, just as they would in a traditional clinic appointment. Each patient's medical history and test results are available to the cardiologist in advance of the appointment. We work in partnership with each patient's personal physician and clinical team, so any patient documentation from a TeleHeart visit are also part of the patient's care plans.

    Learn more about what to expect during a TeleHeart appointment.


    TeleHeart is available at:


  • TeleHeart: Advancing Cardiovascular Care Delivery

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