NYP creates institute for healthcare innovation focused on telemedicine

Philanthropists Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser have donated more than $50 million to help launch a center for comprehensive telehealth services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Part of the mission of the new Hauser Institute for Health Innovation will be to expand telemedicine services into the communities served by the nonprofit academic medical center in New York City, including advancing remote patient monitoring and “teleparamedics.”

“With the Hausers’ extraordinary support, NewYork-Presbyterian is transforming the way healthcare is delivered, using technology to put patients’ needs first and expand access to our world-class care,” said Steven Corwin, MD, president and CEO of NYP, in a written statement. “We are deeply grateful to Rita and Gustave Hauser for their foundational leadership and partnership in making NewYork-Presbyterian a national leader in telemedicine.”

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Thanks to financial support from the Hausers, NewYork-Presbyterian previously created NYP OnDemand—a suite of telemedicine services provided in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center—that now includes more than 46 programs.

The suite of NYP OnDemand services includes Express Care, which provides video visits with a board-certified emergency medicine physician from Weill Cornell and Columbia from a private room, as well as virtual urgent care which provides patients with real-time video access to a doctor seven days a week via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Support from the Hausers has also funded NewYork-Presbyterian’s fleet of Mobile Stroke Treatment Units, emergency vehicles equipped with telemedicine technology, to enable NYP neurologists to be consulted remotely when time is of the essence in treating stroke patients.

“We believe in the importance of harnessing technology to improve people’s lives, and we are delighted to support NewYork-Presbyterian’s efforts to expand access to their world-class care,” said Rita Hauser. “NewYork-Presbyterian is using advanced technologies to fundamentally change the way that healthcare is provided, making it more convenient and accessible to all.”

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