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Olivia facility adds telemedicine care

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OLIVIA — The Olivia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is among a handful of rural Minnesota facilities that now have access to telemedicine services that enhance the level of care available.

The technology was implemented by Superior Healthcare Management at four of its rural rehabilitation and long-term care facilities in Minnesota, including the center in Olivia.

The program assigns a practitioner to each facility, where clinicians are available on weekdays and on demand to work virtually with on-site nursing teams as part of regular and scheduled rounds.

The program can help reduce unnecessary hospitalization, reduce the need for costly and uncomfortable trips to a doctor's office and can shorten waiting times for appointments.

Specialty services provided by the telemedicine program include wound care, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, pain control, palliative care, pulmonology, nephrology and physiatry.

Anne Polta

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