AcuteCare Telemedicine Blog


Christine Hale, M.D. Joins Acutecare Telemedicine Advisory Board

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) announces the addition of Christine Hale, M.D. as a member of the ACT Board of Advisors. The partners of ACT believe Hale’s expertise and passion for improving healthcare delivery will aid the company in effectively extending the highest level of care to its client hospitals.

Hale’s impressive medical background includes receiving her M.D. from Johns Hopkins and completing her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. While at Duke, she also completed an M.B.A. with a concentration on Health Sector Management at the University’s Fuqua School of Business, giving her a unique skillset in approaching hospital operational issues with a medical perspective.

Presently working with McKinsey and Company in Atlanta, GA, Hale serves hospitals and hospital systems on a variety of organizational issues with an emphasis on strategic planning. She is a resource for numerous consultant teams interested in bettering healthcare delivery across the Southeast.

“Dr. Hale shares in ACT’s zeal and commitment to helping hospital facilities deliver higher quality care to patients in the most economically and operationally efficient means,” says James Kiely, M.D., Ph.D., Partner, ACT. “We are extremely pleased to have access to Dr. Hale’s knowledge and experience as a trusted, go-to resource in measuring our approach to providing the best possible services to client hospitals.”



Affordable Healthcare, On the Go

With the continually rising costs associated with healthcare in the U.S., two new reports suggest the market for telemedicine is poised to grow more than threefold within the next decade thanks to advances in wireless technologies in medical applications.

Mobile technology has paved the way for devices and infrastructure that are capable of mitigating healthcare costs by billions of dollars annually by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and improving diagnostic and treatment efficiency. These telehealth solutions, many centered around wireless communications technologies, also help improve overall quality and timeliness of care administered, removing the traditional boundaries of distance and time in bringing patients and their doctors together over the web. Telemedicine ensures that patients receive the right care in the right setting to streamline the consultation process and fight excessive costs.

Telehealth has for some time now been proven as an effective means of delivering quality care, particularly to patients in underserved rural areas. Looking towards the future, practitioners are constantly gaining access to more powerful tools and increased mobility, reason to believe that telemedicine will extend more effective, more affordable healthcare to patients everywhere.

Already mobile technologies are steadily revolutionizing healthcare in a multitude of ways. In addition to patient consultation via communications platforms, the latest applications available to practitioners on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless devices can also help manage patient records, and encourage collaboration with other expert physicians.

Trends towards better technology and increased access to mobile platforms are fueling the rapid growth of telemedicine, which ultimately benefits both patients and providers. Just as mobile phones have given people the power to stay connected without the traditional landline, telemedicine is helping patients everywhere keep in touch with the quality care they deserve.