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King’s Daughters Coumadin Clinic in Grayson is using telehealth to expand the hours it can serve patients. Telehealth incorporates electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare.

“Through telehealth, we use videoconferencing to connect our Grayson Coumadin Clinic patients with experienced pharmacists at our clinic in Ashland,” said Allen Perkins, PharmD, Coumandin clinic supervisor. “Before, the Grayson clinic was open only a few hours a couple of days a week. Now, we can help patients manage their Coumadin therapy Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”

Coumadin, also know as warfarin, is an anticoagulant used to prevent blood clots which can cause stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Medication levels must be monitored carefully with blood testing, and the patient’s daily dose adjusted to ensure safe and effective therapy.

“Coumadin patients require frequent monitoring, and this saves them from having to drive elsewhere,” said Perkins. “The nurse at the Grayson clinic draws the patients lab work, enters it into Epic, our electronic medical records system, and initiates the call to the KHI clinic in Ashland for them to be seen.”

“We are moving into a more technologically advanced healthcare system enabling us to reach patients where they are, so they can get the quality care they need very close to home,” Perkins said.

The Coumadin Clinic is located inside King’s Daughters Medical Specialties, 609 N. Carol Malone Blvd., Grayson. A healthcare provider referral is required to be seen. For additional information, please call the clinic at (606) 474-2235.

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