From Peñas Blancas, a rural area of ​​Cali, the telemedicine service for Cali residents was reactivated

From Peñas Blancas, a rural area of ​​Cali, the telemedicine service for Cali residents was reactivated
From Peñas Blancas, a rural area of ​​Cali, the telemedicine service for Cali residents was reactivated

In the town of Peñas Blancas, residents receive timely attention from doctors and specialists who are in Cali, in real time for an immediate diagnosis.

The Ladera ESE Health Network leads the provision of services in rural areas with innovative tools such as telemedicine. Thanks to this resource, access, opportunity and quality of health care is improved for residents of the rural area of ​​the city and even residents of neighboring departments.

That is why, understanding that technology is at the service of the population, the telemedicine program of the ESE Ladera was resumed, at the IPS Peñas Blancas, which is being served by the Emcali network. The reactivation of services was attended by Mayor Alejandro Eder and the Secretary of Public Health, Germán Escobar.

“From our Administration, we support the development of these initiatives to strengthen health for all Cali residents. It is motivating to see how here in the town of Peñas Blancas, the inhabitants receive timely attention from doctors and specialists who are in Cali, in real time for a diagnosis,” highlighted the leader of the people of Cali, Alejandro Eder.

It is worth remembering that in 2012 the remote basic health care model began to strengthen care in villages and townships of the municipality of Santiago de Cali. However, three years ago telemedicine was suspended due to internal issues that were resolved this year.

The manager of the Ladera ESE Health Network, Diana Carolina Velásquez, pointed out that reactivating the provision of services, through telemedicine, is a great achievement for the entity that has been a pioneer in this care model in Cali and southwestern Colombia. “The reactivation of this program is the response to the limitation in access to timely and quality medical care that residents of remote areas may have and the use of technological resources to use them in the service of health,” she said. .

It is important to mention that this service operates with a reference center located in Cali at the IPS Primero de Mayo and has referral units in the rural area at IPS such as Montebello, Felidia, Pichindé, Golondrinas, Villacarmelo, El Saladito, Cascajal, Hormiguero, Buitrera, Pance, Vorágine, Los Andes, Leonera, Alto Aguacatal, La Castilla and La Paz Rural. From the reference unit, internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, dermatology, family medicine and evaluation by a nutritionist are provided, and diagnostic images (XR and EKG) are remotely read, among other specialties.

Finally, it should be mentioned that this care model is complemented and strengthened by the activities of the basic health care teams and family and community health actions.

María Edith Suárez Nogales.

Communications Ladera Health Network

 
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