TripleCare Launches Telemedicine Services at Asbury Communities
NEW YORK–TripleCare, a national provider of telemedicine-based healthcare services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), announced today the Company recently introduced it services to Asbury Communities. Asbury Communities, a not-for-profit organization that manages eight communities in four states and offers a range of life-enhancing services for seniors, is ranked the nation’s 15th-largest not-for-profit system serving older adults.
Recently, TripleCare launched its telemedicine services at Wilson Health Care Center, which serves nearly 300 skilled nursing residents on the campus of Asbury Methodist Village, a continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md.
TripleCare’s telemedicine–based approach brings physician coverage directly to older adults during times when community physicians are not on site, such as overnight, during the weekends and on holidays. This is when many hospital transfers from SNFs occur. Incorporating advanced technology with assistance from the community’s on-site nurses, TripleCare’s network of highly trained physicians are able to perform virtual bedside visits and treat residents in place, in real-time. TripleCare’s virtual services make it possible for its physicians to ascertain residents’ conditions and differentiate between those who can be treated on-site versus those who might require a transfer to the hospital.
“We are pleased to forge this new relationship with Asbury Communities. Asbury is nationally recognized as a highly respected not-for-profit focused on serving residents throughout the continuum of care. This agreement affords TripleCare the opportunity to demonstrate how our services can successfully work in tandem with Asbury’s on-site clinicians to elevate the delivery of care to the residents who call Asbury home, while controlling costs by avoiding both hospital admissions and readmissions. This is a first step in what we hope will prove to be an expanding relationship as the benefits of telemedicine positively impact the many residents of Asbury,” said Mary Jo Gorman, chief executive officer at TripleCare.
“Lately, we are seeing rapid growth in the acceptance of telemedicine services across the SNF and CCRC markets. The type of telemedicine services TripleCare offers is increasingly becoming a standard of care as technology makes it possible to bring physicians to the bedside anytime, anywhere, enhancing quality of care in a cost-effective manner,” Gorman added.
“At Asbury, we are committed to ensuring those we serve receive the best of care, and remain as healthy as possible while living in our communities. TripleCare adds yet another component to our menu of service capabilities for assisting Asbury residents with whatever needs arise in their change of condition or diagnosis. By leveraging technology and including an element of care that enables physicians to be available at the bedside through telemedicine, we are demonstrating our ability to stay on the cutting-edge of the latest advancements in the healthcare arena,” said Sue DaCamara, chief operating officer for Asbury Communities.
“In the short time since implementing TripleCare, we have already seen improvement in resident care and comfort as well as cost controls. We are excited to be an early adopter of telemedicine in retirement communities, and among the first continuing care communities to bring these benefits directly to community residents and their families.”