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  |   September 7, 2017

5 Things to Consider to Launch a Telemedicine Program that Succe...

In the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2017 Telemedicine Executive Leadership Surveyresults released earlier this year, telemedicine executives “are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the telehealth industry and are planning near-term investments to keep pace with rapid transformation and growth of the industry.” Various vendor studies also support this idea that […]

  |   May 24, 2013

National EMS Week: Thank You, EMS Personnel

It’s National EMS Week and Specialists On Call would like to take this opportunity to thank all Emergency Medical Services personnel for their vital public service and positive impact they have on the survival of anyone who experiences sudden injury or illness. We’d like to especially say thank you for […]

  |   November 12, 2012

Telepsychiatry, The Right Time But Not Yet In Enough Places

This week I was reading a January 2012 TRENDWATCH from the American Hospital Association entitled “Bringing Behavioral Health into the Care Continuum:  Opportunities to Improve, Costs and Outcomes.”  While I work with and around the problem every day it makes me pause whenever I see some of the numbers. ….among […]

  |   November 9, 2012

Teleneurology Provides Rapid Response from a Top Level Neurologi...

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Society of Interventional Radiologist CLOTS training course in Dallas TX. The course is staged as a comprehensive five-day training course is composed of in-depth multidisciplinary lectures emphasizing the entire spectrum of stroke diagnosis and management. The conference was centered around […]

  |   October 29, 2012

World Stroke Day – Learn the Warning Signs of a Stroke

1 in 6 men and 1 in 5 women will experience a stroke in their lifetime; Every two seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke; Every six seconds, someone dies of a stroke; Every six seconds, someone’s quality of life will forever be changed – they will permanently be […]

  |   October 24, 2012

Alabama Broadband & Telehealth Summit Recap

Last week I had the privilege of attending this 1st annual symposium which had over 225 people in attendance.  To say this inaugural event was a success would be a gross understatement! I personally spoke with folks from as far away as Texas and many other states including Mississippi, Georgia, […]

  |   October 9, 2012

Telemedicine Fosters ACO Readiness

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D. In every service area there are new incentives for large and small hospitals—plus outpatient facilities, home health agencies and community practices—to work in greater harmony than ever before. Some of those incentives are based on the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) paradigm, which is steadily gaining ground […]

  |   August 3, 2011

Telemedicine Made Personal

Most televised reunions are gimmicky and superficial, but there was nothing trivial about the reunion of Sandra Bowden and Todd Samuels, M.D., at this year’s American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual meeting in Tampa. What the “Human Touch of Telemedicine” conference video crew captured that day was a vision of our […]

  |   June 23, 2011

The High Cost of Psychiatric Misdiagnoses

A relatively recent European study documented the high cost of psychiatric misdiagnoses in emergency departments (EDs). What it found: misdiagnosed panic attacks were costing hospitals a small fortune. Because they’re not psychiatric specialists, ED physicians often were baffled by patients’ symptoms, unable to tell if they were having bad reactions […]

  |   April 25, 2011

The Key is Collaboration

Medicine, like most human endeavors, is all about collaboration. The EHR is one tool currently being touted as a way to aid collaboration by making patient data more accessible. But how does the data benefit a patient if the right specialist isn’t available to use it to guide care? EHR […]

  |   February 17, 2011

SOC and UCLA Present New Stroke Data at the International Stroke...

The 2011 ISC in Los Angeles marked the first time that SOC data has been highlighted at international meeting and the first time that our vast collection of data has been mined and presented in poster form and submitted for publication. Latish Ali and colleagues from UCLA and SOC presented […]

  |   December 21, 2010

SOC Participates in the Cisco Collaboration Summit

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D. This past November, Joe Peterson, MD, CEO and John Moynihan, CTO were invited to participate in the Cisco Collaboration Virtual Launch Experience on the new Cisco Collaboration Website. Enjoy! Specialists On Call “In their words”

  |   December 15, 2010

Emergency Medicine Excellence Award Goes to 7 Top Performing Flo...

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D. The First Annual HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals Study examined more than 5 million Medicare records of patients admitted through the emergency department at 4,907 hospitals from 2006 to 2008. It then identified hospitals that performed in the top 5% in the nation in emergency […]

  |   December 7, 2010

Teleneurology as a Model for Telemedicine Growth: Part 2

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D. The old lessons that have proven true in this new medium called telemedicine are primarily clinical ones. Quality, as Ford once said, has to be job #1. It has to be built into operating systems and managed as, or more aggressively with, distributed groups of physicians, […]

  |   November 29, 2010

Teleneurology as a Model for Telemedicine Growth: Part 1

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D. Emergency teleneurology and telestroke care—the importation of stroke and emergency neurology specialists to the patient’s bedside using videoconferencing technologies—is growing steadily in magnitude, impact and validation. Early in the decade some hundreds of patients each year were connected to specialists by video conferencing; in 2010 literally […]