AIDS Action Coalition Introduces ‘Telemedicine’ to Florence Clinic

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Technology is always helping us get ahead and making our life easier.  That's exactly what is happening at a clinic in Florence.

The AIDS Action Coalition's latest method of giving treatment is a Christmas present to many.  It's called telemedicine, and it allows doctors to provide care for patients through a computer screen, often from a long distance away.

"The patient is in the exam room here in Florence and they are seen by providers in Huntsville," said Mary Rozier-Hachen, the AAC's Director of Clinical Services for the AAC. "It's like seeing each other over a television screen."

Rozier-Hachen says when patients in Florence go through a telemedicine session; providers in Huntsville can conduct a full medical evaluation, including checking the patient's vital signs and examining the ears and mouth.

She says telemedicine is a step forward for the clinics owned by the AIDS Action Coalition.

"Our next step will be to provide substance abuse and mental health counseling and therapy via telemedicine," she said.

Those specialized sessions could start sometime within the coming weeks.

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