By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – The C-E-O of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center says the recently announced Statewide Integrated Care Collaborative should not only improve health care in Wyoming, but could lead to healthier patients. Doctor John Lucas says the plan is that Cheyenne's medical facility will work with the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and 13 other Wyoming hospitals in an effort to combine resources and bring better care across the state. Lucas says part of the plan is to use technology to make sure those in far-flung places can get the care they need.
"An example would be stroke where we would create a telestroke program. We would assist patients in rural emergency departments through telehealth and oversee their care and have them transported to the appropriate place for that care."
Lucas says by working together hospitals and physicians can improve care and reduce costs. A lot of the early focus will be on developing telemedicine and on improving the health of chronic care patients through wellness.