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JPS, Lockheed partner to provide telehealth kiosks for vulnerable populations

Posted May 27, 2020

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The JPS telemedicine program allows remote monitoring for COVID-19-positive patients whose condition can be managed from home.

Lockheed Martin is partnering with the JPS Health Network to leverage the use of technology to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its long-term effects on vulnerable and financially-at-risk populations in Tarrant County.

Through a $500,000 Lockheed Martin grant to the JPS Foundation, the health system will expand telehealth services to include specialty care kiosks in neighborhood health centers and remote monitoring for COVID-19-positive patients whose condition can be managed from home.

“COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need for health care to maximize technology to serve all patient communities, from veterans and the working poor to people experiencing homelessness,” said JPS President and CEO Robert Earley. “Telehealth is the medical world’s answer to social distancing. Lockheed Martin’s generous gift will allow JPS to adopt methods of care that keep our patients and our team members safe.”

Providing access to telehealth visits with specialists from kiosks at neighborhood clinics will not only decrease the need for patients to travel to the main campus, but it will help those patients without smartphones get needed specialty care. The kiosks also will cut down on excessive or nonessential trips to the emergency room.

The development of a remote monitoring program would allow JPS to track the vital signs of COVID-19 patients who are discharged to finish their overall recovery at home.

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