Doctors use telemedicine to help patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s

Following a nationwide trend, Kentucky doctors are turning to telemedicine to help patients with memory problems such as those associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, reports Allison Elliott with the University of Kentucky.

“State-of-the-art memory evaluations should not be limited to persons that are able tom ake the often long and arduous trip to Lexington,” said Dr. Greg Jicha, neurologist at UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. “Taking advantage of Internet technologists to bring expert care into even the smallest of rural communities is a blessing for many families across Kentucky that simply cannot bring a loved one with dementia to Lexington.

Several times a month, physicians with the Sanders-Brown Center will connect to patients in clinics throughout the state. Participating clinics include Harlan Appalachian Regional Health; the Hazard Center for Rural Health; T.J. Sampson Hospital in Glasgow; Trover Clinic in Madisonville; Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah; Owensboro Medical Center; and St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. (Read more)
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