Telemedicine makes ’21st century house call’ possible in Western Pa.


Story by R.A. Monti

Barbara Vedu knew something wasn’t right.

The 54-year-old Leechburg resident was shaky and nauseous. A diabetic, Vedu decided she’d better call 911.

Much to Vedu’s surprise, when AK Pulser paramedic Eric Anderson showed up to assist Lower Kiski EMS already on the scene, he presented her with Pulser’s newest tool: an iPad.

“I was like ‘What are you guys doing?’” Vedu said.

Anderson explained to Vedu, that, with her consent, she’d be the first patient in the state to use telemedicine as part of her treatment.

“Telemedicine is another tool for us,” Anderson said. “It allows us, via the iPad, to connect patients with emergency room doctors.

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