The local hospital in Sheridan is working on bringing real-time diagnosis to neonatal facilities through new technology called tele-echocardiography.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital board members learned Wednesday, the technology has become the primary imaging tool in the diagnostic assessment of congenital and acquired heart disease in infants, children and adolescents.
Chris Bilyeu is the manager of the hospital’s radiology department. To make this work, he said, they’d have an in-house sonographer trained in echocardiograms of infants, along with a referring physician and distant pediatric cardiologist.
The service will be provided by an organization Sheridan pediatricians have already been working with, Pediatric Cardiologists of Rocky Mountain Pediatric Cardiology in Colorado.
CEO Mike McCafferty explained the technology further and elaborated on the partnership.
According to a handout provided at the meeting, the information obtained from pediatric echo-cardiograms is frequently used by hospital surgeons, pediatricians and anesthesiologists to diagnose heart abnormalities like congenital heart disease.
The same-day reporting from the hospital in Sheridan means patients would not need to be transferred elsewhere and that brings the cost down for the patient's family.