Fred Bodimer (@FredbodimerKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The combination of “telemedicine” and electronic medical date analytics will create the nation’s first virtual health center in St. Louis.

Doctors can stay in their new medical center in Chesterfield, Mo., and be able to visit and monitor patients 24 hours a day if needed, without a patient ever leaving home.

Mercy Virtual Executive Director Dr. Tom Hale tells Total Information AM this isn’t meant to replace one-on-one medical visits, but to augment it.

“If you think about it, it’s much easier to move electrons than it is bodies,” Hale says. “So we can bring specialty care to communities. We can have virtual visits with patients in real time. But we can also monitor them at home.”

The 120,000-square foot building should be open and ready for online communication by September.

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