The North County Telemedicine Project ("Project") will begin in May of 2009. The Project will enable as many as thirty (30) North Country hospitals and health care facilities to exchange information through fiber-optic cables with hospitals in Onondaga County and Oneida County.
The fiber-optic lines will allow Central New York hospitals to share data in the fields of radiology, cardiology, dermatology and behavioral health, and will enable doctors to have video conferences and video consultations with specialists around the State. Greater connectivity should help the participating hospitals provide better medical care and decrease medical malpractice and hospital negligence. The Project will also assist Central New York and North Country hospitals make the transition to electronic record-keeping.
Participating hospitals and health care facilities include: Canton-Potsdam Hospital (Potsdam, New York) and St. Lawrence County Public Health (Potsdam, New York), DeKalb Clinic (DeKalb Junction, New York), E.J. Noble Hospital (Gouverneur, New York), Antwerp Health Center, Ken Reil Memorial Dental Clinic (Star Lake, New York), Fort Drum Medical Activity Guthrie Ambulatory Clinic, Carthage Area Hospital, and Carthage Veterans Affairs Clinic (West Carthage, New York), Lewis County General Hospital (Lowville, New York), Evans Mills Family Health, River Hospital (Alexandria Bay, New York), Samaritan Family Health Center (Clayton, New York), Cape Vincent Family Health Center, Samaritan Mental Health Clinic (Watertown, New York) Plaza Family Health Center, North Country Children's Clinic, Samaritan Woman to Woman Clinic, Samaritan Urology Clinic, Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Education Office, Jefferson County Public Health, St. Elizabeth's Hospital (Utica, New York), Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, New York), St. Joseph's Hospital (Syracuse, New York), and Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, New York).
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