Using i-Pads, surgeons can be anywhere in the world and perform the evaluation, view x-rays or cat scans of the patient's injuries. This type of evaluation can determine the type of trauma, the best treatment for it and identify which trauma center can care for the patient.
Since the program started early this year, officials say they're saving more time and money in the process.
"It's saving the patient's money by not flying them out of state, not driving them out of state to receive several thousand dollar bill for that transportation only to get to the hospital and the injury might not be what was described," says Jeff Tabor, Program Director
The program partners with seven hand surgeons around the state, four of which are in Little Rock and three in Fayetteville.
The program is the first of its kind in the country. It's already dramatically decreased the number of patients having to travel out of state to see a doctor.
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