July 02, 2012
Englewood, FL – Englewood Community Hospital, today announced that it has partnered with Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), the nation’s leading provider of clinical telemedicine, to work directly with hospital physicians and staff to give patients access to high quality critical care in teleneurology around the clock. Together, Englewood Community Hospital physicians and SOC’s board-certified specialists will collaborate to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat patients suffering from neurological emergencies, including stroke.
“The Specialist On Call™, allows our Emergency Physicians to quickly arrange consultation with a Neurologist to actually see and talk to a stroke patient and help determine the best care and implement that care quickly. This program takes advantage of the latest video conferencing technologies to give immediate access to a Neurologist, so that we bypass the normal time delays of travel and availability” says Raymond James, DO, Emergency Room Physician at Englewood Community Hospital and Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
“In emergency cases, time is of the essence in order to help patients and save lives, and we are looking forward to working together with Englewood Community Hospital to deliver timely care in the same high-quality manner that their patients are accustomed to,” said Dr. Joe Peterson, CEO, Specialists on Call.
SOC’s board certified, fellowship trained academic specialists use an evidence-based approach and adhere to strict standards of practice when discussing, diagnosing and recommending treatment options to hospital staff and patients. With state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology and secure lines of communication, SOC physicians interact directly with hospital emergency physicians, nurses, patients and their families in a manner that closely resembles an in-person bedside consultation, helping to make the experience as comfortable as possible for all involved.