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J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2001 Summer;14(2):76-9.

Telemedicine use and the reduction of psychiatric admissions from a long-term care facility.

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Copper Ridge Institute, Sykesville, Maryland, USA.


Copper Ridge is a long-term care facility that provides care for persons with dementia and their families from early diagnosis to end of life. A low-cost videoconferencing system was employed in the development of a comprehensive, integrated continuum of care for Copper Ridge residents by bridging long-term care with inpatient psychiatric care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In this article, we discuss the Copper Ridge/Johns Hopkins telemedicine project and how its operation appears to have brought about a reduction in psychiatric admissions. Telemedicine projects using inexpensive technology over standard telephone lines can be successfully used in long-term care settings.

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