Telemedicine Available at the Caregiver Resource Center at Mac, Inc.
By Dr. Renee S. Fredericksen, Special Projects Director, MAC, Inc.
The Caregiver Resource Center at MAC, Inc.* in Salisbury, MD works with Dr. Ray Dorsey, formerly of Johns Hopkins University and currently practicing “telemedicine” out of University of Rochester and Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Dr. Dorsey works under a Verizon grant to provide free one-time consultations on neurological movement disorders with a specialization in Parkinson’s disease. The Caregiver Resource Center is able to take advantage of this world renowned specialist’s “virtual” visits one afternoon each month.
The telemedicine (or “telehealth”) appointment could take place in your home or elsewhere in the community via I-Pad connection, or in the BACIL (Bay Area Center for Independent Living) offices here at MAC, Inc. Each appointment requires some paperwork to be processed by Dr. Fredericksen in advance that includes a medical history and current medications, address etc. The appointment lasts from 45 to 60 minutes and can be used as a first time assessment, a second opinion or an update on a diagnosed condition. Dr. Dorsey then sends a report to whomever the patient indicates should have a copy on the aforementioned form. This could be a local neurologist, your primary doctor, your caregiver and/or you.
Overall there has been great satisfaction among over 35 clients since February of 2012. Please call if you are interested in this opportunity or know of someone who could use the expert opinion of Dr. Ray Dorsey. I am more than happy to facilitate these appointments that are currently being scheduled for late August (one left) and September.
*MAC” stands for “Maintaining Active Citizens” and MAC, Inc. is the state designated Area Agency on Aging for the lower shore four counties in Maryland. Learn more about their services at www.macinc.org.
Our ongoing initiative with MAC, Inc. to provide "Telemedicine" services.
Watch the "MAC tv" special about the efforts of the Caregiver Resource Center and the Lower Shore Parkinson's Support Group to advance "telemedicine" and raise public awareness about PD on the lower eastern shore
Lower Shore Parkinson's Support Group