Fort Worth Doctors Seeing Midland Patients Through Telemedicine

Fort Worth Doctors Seeing Midland Patients Through Telemedicine

Doctors in Fort Worth will now have a bigger opportunity to see their Midland patients through telemedicine, a video conference used to evaluate patients.
Doctors in Fort Worth will now have a bigger opportunity to see their Midland patients through telemedicine, a video conference used to evaluate patients.

The increase is thanks to an move and expansion at the Cook Children’s Clinic in Midland, which just added two more video cameras to their telemedicine operations.

“It's exciting because it does allow us to get specialty care to a lot of areas where families wouldn't have access and might gave to drive all the way to Fort Worth,” said Dr. Mary Kukolich, a Clinical Geneticist in Fort Worth.

She regularly makes trips to Midland to see her patients, but with now with more cameras her telemedicine conferences can be a lot more flexible and avoid phone calls.

“I much rather do this way than on the phone because that way at least I can see how the family is reacting, how they are understanding,” Kukolich said.

With the help of a trained nurse, the doctor, based out of a remote location can examine the patient internally and externally.

And With the technological advances, Kukolich said she can see a clear, better picture of her patients.

“Most of the kids do pretty well. We've gotten them to get real close to the camera where I can look at them real close and interact pretty well,” she said.

Kukolich said face-to-face interaction remains crucial, but the telemedicine has helped her reach places she wouldn't have been able to physically reach.

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