TeleGastroenterology (TeleGI) is a telemedicine program that allows gastroenterology specialists to provide care to patients in remote locations. With telemedicine, patients are able to access the expertise available at Swedish without traveling outside their communities.
How Does TeleGI Work?
TeleGI uses digital tools, such as a digital stethoscope and digital imaging, which allows the Swedish gastroenterologist to conduct a complete assessment for a patient at a remote location. Although the gastroenterologist is located in Seattle, the telepresenter, a trained healthcare professional, is on site with the patient to facilitate the examination. Once the exam is complete, the gastroenterologist is able to make a diagnosis and treatment recommendations, which may include medical management, surgery, or an endoscopic procedure.
With telemedicine, patients are able to access the expertise available at Swedish without traveling outside their communities. Patients who may need an advanced procedure in Seattle can have an initial consultation through a TeleGI evaluation. The evaluation allows the gastroenterologist to determine if surgery is required and to facilitate surgery scheduling at Swedish.
About Our GI Specialists
All of the physicians at Swedish Gastroenterology are board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. While each of them has individual clinical interests, together they represent a comprehensive practice and many years of experience. Due to low volumes and limited resources at community hospitals, this level of expertise is usually available only at regional medical centers like Swedish.
TeleGI supports patients and their families who do not have easy access to highly sophisticated specialty services. It also provides professional support and collaboration for medical communities throughout Washington and other nearby states. This approach allows for a partnership between the patient’s primary care provider and the Swedish gastroenterologist.