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University of Iowa News Release

April 7, 2004

UI Heart Care Begins Rural Telemedicine Service

University of Iowa Heart Care specialists are now offering cardiology consultation services to the Deer Creek Clinic in Toledo, using an advanced telemedicine service.

Clinical Outreach Services opened the new clinical telemedicine service on March 1. The system provides a "dial-in" capability using new equipment that is compact and easily transported. The technology links UI Heart Care cardiologists to physicians and staff at the Deer Creek Clinic.

"The service enables us to provide same-day, on-site consultations to rural Iowans and their health care providers," said Richard Dobyns, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of family medicine. "This is an excellent opportunity to provide cost-effective care in an innovative manner."

The new technology is used to connect a patient and local physician to a UI Heart Care specialist on the same day. The UI Heart Care specialist then uses the system to review the patient's history and symptoms with the patient and local physician. UI cardiologists can make recommendations to physicians, staff and patients at the Deer Creek Clinic in a rapid and convenient manner. Deer Creek Family Care clinic is a partnership between UI Health Care and Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu