Our ongoing initiative with MAC, Inc. to provide "Telemedicine" services.
The Caregiver Resource Center is working by way of telemedicine to help PD experts make house calls. No, you won’t see a doctor with a black bag walking up to your door like when we were kids, but it’s pretty close. It’s more like a doctor’s visit to the “Jetsons” in the old 1960’s cartoons on television. The doctor making the house calls is Dr. Ray Dorsey, formerly of Johns Hopkins University and currently at the University of Rochester and Medical Center in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Dorsey is providing free one-time consultations on neurological movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease. It’s a part of his world-wide research and the costs are being picked up by major telecommunication business grants. Dr. Dorsey is especially interested in PD patients in Asia and on Delmarva because the frequency of PD in these areas is higher than in other parts of our world. While we have some fine neurologists on the Eastern Shore, we have not found any PD specialists at this level. The Caregiver Resource Center at MAC INC in Salisbury, MD is taking advantage of Dr. Dorsey’s special interests and expert assessments by coordinating “virtual” visits with the good doctor each month.
Dr. Dorsey’s telemedicine (or “telehealth”) appointment could take place in your home or anywhere near you, that offers private space with room to walk around as one is able and cell phone connectivity. Dr. Renée S. Fredericksen, Caregiver Resource Center Director, typically uses an I-Pad or laptop to connect you with Dr. Dorsey in a private visit, where you and Dr. Dorsey see and hear one another on a split screen. You see yourself on half the screen and Dr. Dorsey on the other half at the same time. She’s using BACIL (Bay Area Center for Independent Living) offices at MAC, Inc, living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, library meeting rooms or other convenient locations for patients from Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland.
The sky is the limit in bringing PD patients and experts together for a personalized assessment lasting not 15 but 45-60 minutes. It’s much like Skype but the connection is safe-guarded with extra security so privacy is guaranteed. Each appointment requires some paperwork completed with you by Dr. Fredericksen in advance. It includes a list of your medical conditions and a medication list plus the usual contact information. Over 60 families have been very pleased with these visits, since February 2012 when the visits began in our area through the Caregiver Resource Center. Patients are using this visit with Dr. Dorsey for a first time assessment, a second opinion or an update on a diagnosed condition. Dr. Dorsey happily coordinates your assessment with whomever the patient indicates should have a copy of the assessment results. The results are faxed immediately after the appointment to a local neurologist, your primary doctor, your caregiver and/or you.
Please call Dr. Renée S. Fredericksen at the Caregiver Resource Center – 410.742.0505 x 172 (office) or 651.470.2017 (mobile/text) if you are interested in this opportunity or know of someone who could use Dr. Ray Dorsey’s expert opinion. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org as well. You may also contact Art Cooley with the Lower Shore Parkinson's Support Group, Inc. at PDLowerShore@gmail.com or 410.749.8511 with questions or for additional information.
*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.
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