Priya Mendiratta, M.D., Associate Professor in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, has been assisting in the treatment of patients in a rural setting by utilizing telemedicine for the past 4 months. The Ozark Health Nursing and Rehab is a 118-bed facility offering long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.
Dr. Mendiratta is focusing on assisting in the care of patients with multiple comorbidities. In conjunction with the clinical staff at the facility, she can talk to the patients and discuss the best courses of treatment with the clinicians in real time as well as conduct remote physical exams of the patient.
“The more patient-centric evolution of future healthcare transformation, especially for rural areas, lies in providing telemedicine services. Further goals for providing care for geriatric patients who are unable to travel long distance due to mobility, pressure ulcers and other geriatric syndromes like dementia, delirium, and depression can be helped immensely with telemedicine technology. Our goal is to integrate telemedicine technology with interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborative, practice, communication and education in addition to possible caregiver support, in improving the health of older rural Arkansans. ” says, Dr. Mendiratta.
Dr. Mendiratta was recently awarded a small grant from the UAMS Office of Interprofessional Education to support her efforts in providing care for rural patients.
The grant awarded to Dr. Mendiratta totals $14,700 and is designed to promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice at UAMS.
“Interest in the small grant program continues to grow, and we received many strong proposals in this round,” said Kathryn Neill, Pharm.D., director of interprofessional administrative and curricular affairs in the Office of Interprofessional Education. “We look forward to seeing the impact of these exciting projects.”
Priya Mendiratta, M.D., Associate Professor in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, pauses during a telemedicine consultation with staff and caregivers at a long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Clinton.