Anna Jaques partners with medical specialists both locally and nationwide to bring the latest expertise to its patients. State-of-the-art technology allows physicians at Anna Jaques to consult in real-time with specialists in downtown Boston and across the country for our most acute or specialized cases.
With Tele-medicine technology -- including voice and video conferencing at the bedside -- our physicians communicate “face-to-face” and confidentially share images and test results so that patients are diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively.
In 2011 Anna Jaques contracted with NeuroCall, affiliated with BIDMC, to provide our Emergency Department (ED) physicians with around the clock access to board certified neurologists, particularly with an emphasis on stroke patients. Specialists from the Neurology Department at BIDMC provide high quality, seamless coverage for NeuroCall’s network. When patients at Anna Jaques are suffering stroke-like symptoms, AJH Emergency Department physicians and the neurologists at NeuroCall talk to one another face to face over a high speed internet connection and “Skype-like” video technology to examine the patient together and discuss the best course of treatment.
Our collaboration with NeuroCall is helping us improve outcomes for patients and save lives. It is particularly helpful in the decision whether or not the patient with stroke symptoms should be given the clot-dissolving medication tPA. Recently, Anna Jaques received a grade of 100% in a recent Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) study of appropriate use of tPA – similar to best practice in Boston area teaching and community hospitals.