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Clinical Telemedicine

Call the Telehealth Department at 
UP Health System - Marquette 
Telehealth Dept.

Operational since February of 1995,
the Upper Peninsula Telehealth Network
(UPTN) strives to assist regional health
care organization in providing accessible
quality health care. We utilize video
conference technologies to facilitate
medical consultation, to educate health
care practitioners, to education
communities on health care issues,
and to increase efficiencies through
remote administrative meetings.

A collaborative venture among health care organizations, the network hub is based at UP Health System - Marquette. Various federal and state grants, along with local commitment for matching funds, has enabled the network to develop and
expand. The network includes multiple
sites in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and
Northern Great Lakes region connecting
to virtually anywhere in the world.
• Increased access to medical specialists
• Decreased time away from home & work
• Decreased weather worries
• Decreased travel costs
• Remain close to home with the
support of family & friends.
On Demand

Support Groups - Telehealth allows community members from around the region to connect into support groups no matter where they live. Current support groups that utilize this technology include Bariatric/Weight Management and Breast Cancer support groups.

 Services Provided

Clinical Telemedicine - Very simply, telemedicine is long distance medical care. It allows you to be at your medical appointment without traveling to your specialist’s office. Using video technology, you will be able to see and hear your doctor. Your doctor can do more than see and hear you. Patient exam cameras, electronic stethoscopes and other telemedicine equipment help your doctor assess your needs. Telemedicine uses connections that are private and secure. Ask your doctor if telemedicine is right for you.
Physicians Use Telehealth

Distance Education - UPTN offers a full range of quality educational services. Through telehealth, staff continue to access on-going educational opportunities, increasing the range of skills in the provision of health care in their local communities.
Administrative Meetings - Imagine heading out at 6am for an 8am meeting on snow-covered roads with blowing and drifting, and the occasional whitetail deer darting across the highway. Or arriving at a meeting only to discover it had been cancelled or moved to another date and time. Using video conferencing technologies can reduce travel hazards and frustrations with meeting changes.
Medical Case Conference - Video conferencing technology allows confidential live, interactive discussions about patient cases. An example would be the weekly “Tumor Board,” where a group of oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, case managers, and primary care physicians meet via video conference to discuss individual cancer cases in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient.
Community Health Education - Video conferencing technology allows distance educational opportunities to communities throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Family Visits/Bondings - Families of patients throughout the region can utilize the telehealth technologies to connect with their loved ones from a distance. Patients and families who have taken advantage of this technology include; patients in neutropenic precautions with young children who could not physically enter the rooms, patients who have been hospitalized for a long period of time who need/want to talk with their local support system some distance away, babies who are transferred to the NICU while mother recovers at a distant location, precious goodbyes to those patients facing their end of life, and hospitalized patients waiting to be part of a significant family event.