Friday, January 04, 2013
New technology at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital improves patient experience
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is the first in the region to acquire a new videoendoscopy system, technology which makes procedures easier for both patients and physicians.
According to Dr. Michael Trevisani, the hospital’s Vice President Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, the ambulatory surgery department at the hospital now has two new systems and multiple new scopes which facilitate earlier digestive disease detection and treatment. This system, called the Olympus Evis Extera III, uses state-of-the-art electronics including a video processor, light source, endoscope and monitor to enable physicians to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and other conditions.
The system boasts enhanced image quality, added brightness and several key technologies such as HDTV for superior clarity and dual-focus capabilities that allow physicians to switch the depth of field from normal focus to near focus for more detailed observation of suspected lesions.
General surgeons on staff at the hospital, including Dr. Jamal Kacyrat, Dr. Chunjie Yang, Dr. Anna Arsenous and physicians from Binghamton Gastroenterology Associates who perform procedures at Chenango Memorial are impressed with the systems’ performance, according to Dr. Trevisani. “The clarity on the new system is exceptional, helping our physicians to more clearly detect abnormalities, even at their earliest stages.”
In addition to helping UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital physicians detect and diagnose disease at an earlier stage, the system improves comfort for patients as well. Users cite more accurate diagnoses, shorter procedure times and improved overall patient experience
Early detection can improve treatment outcomes, reduce overall healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for patients. To aid in early detection, the American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened for colorectal cancer and polyps, and those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier. For more information about these screenings, patients should consult their primary care providers.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of UHS, a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.