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Telehealth services offered at St. Joseph Medical Center

| June 23, 2022 12:00 AM

Tele-gynecologic oncology services are now available at Providence St. Joseph Medical Clinic in Polson.

This program has enabled Polson area patients with a gynecologic cancer condition to virtually consult with a specialist at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, the company announced this week.

Using telehealth technology, the health care company says it can offer access to specialized and timely oncology treatment while still under the care of the local physicians.

“The telemedicine virtual consult is a wonderful way for patients to have the support they need without having to travel for every appointment. We can take care of patients close to home, without delay," said Dr. Kelly Bagnell, an OB/Gyn physician at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson.

According to the hospital, telemedicine can help decrease the disparities in health care access, including difficulty with transportation to appointments, increased transportation costs, and increased distance to comprehensive cancer centers. This virtual visit offering promotes great access for patients as part of their overall cancer treatment plan and could expedite the process for patients requiring surgery.

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