Partnership to Reduce Costs, Enhance Care Quality for Patients in Mid-Hudson and Catskill Region and Beyond
(Monticello, NY) – Residents at The Center for Discovery, a nationally recognized provider of educational, health and residential services in the treatment of complex medical conditions for children and adults with significant disabilities and medical frailties, will now have direct access to neurologists at Beth Israel Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center in New York City via telemedicine technology.
The newly announced partnership between the two healthcare providers will allow Catskills region patients to undergo video electroencephalography (VEEG), a test that measures brain electricity to diagnose seizures, without extensive travel and costly overnight hospital stays.
“We are always looking for opportunities to ensure that the children and adults we serve have access to the most advanced care and treatment while collaborating with the best providers and specialists. That is what our telemedicine initiative and partnership with Beth Israel is all about,” said The Center for Discovery President and CEO Patrick H. Dollard. “Residents of Sullivan County will get the specialty services they need here at The Center, delivered by medical staff who know them and without costly and arduous hospital trips.”
Under the new arrangement, individuals will undergo the video electroencephalogram monitoring at The Center’s Discovery Health Center. The real time electrical and video transmission will be fed via broadband directly to Beth Israel in New York City for analysis. Residents will receive follow-up consultations via videoconference with a specialist at the hospital. The Center for Discovery’s Discovery Health Center is a New York State Department of Health, Article 28 certified clinic that has received the highest possible designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
“Instead of residents coming to us, we’re coming to them,” said Beth Israel Epilepsy Center Director, Stephen Wolf ,MD. “Keeping patients closer to home means fewer disruptions to their diet, medicine and daily sleep routines, which will ultimately result in healthier outcomes all around.”
The Center for Discovery has the only Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic in the Catskills region providing on-site video EEG studies for patients with seizure disorders and other neurological issues. The Center’s Article 28 Clinic was the first health care facility in the country to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and was a recipient of the U.S.G.B.C.’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Previously, patients were forced to travel to Westchester or New York City to undergo evaluations, which can take up to three days to complete and often require lengthy inpatient hospital stays. More than 60% of the children who attend the programs at The Center for Discovery have epilepsy. For those with a diagnosis of autism, approximately 30% experience epilepsy/seizure disorders.
The initiative is part of The Center’s ongoing effort to provide cost-effective, quality care for the growing number of patients with developmental disabilities and medical complexities, many of whom are children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.
The Center is an industry leader in the development of cost effective care models and has established partnerships with a number of governmental agencies, university researchers and local school districts designed to reduce expensive out-of-state placements and transfers to acute care facilities.