RC Hospital, Allina Health launch telehealth initiative

Dr. Marc Newell, cardiologist and chief of clinical cardiology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, demonstrates how a new telehealth system being installed at the RC Hospital and Clinics will allow specialists at remote sites to view the ultrasound images of a patient’s heart or other organs. Volunteer Drew Maher learned that he will be celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday with a healthy heart. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

[West Central Tribune, June 10, 2014] The skeletons of "telemedicine ventures past" are buried in the storage rooms of hospitals across rural Minnesota.

It is the dawn of a new era in what is now termed telehealth, and the RC Hospital and Clinics aims to be in the forefront, CEO Nathan Blad told an audience Monday in Olivia.

They joined to see how the Renville County-owned hospital is working in partnership with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health in Minneapolis, to introduce a new generation of telehealth technology.

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