Telemedicine Pioneer Moves Forward as Stand-Alone Company
ATLANTA—Mar.8, 2017—Eagle Telemedicine, LLC, an independent, physician-led organization (the “Company”) that develops and manages inpatient telemedicine programs for hospitals, announced today that its parent company’s hospital medicine practices (Eagle Hospital Physicians) have joined Sound Inpatient Physicians, effective Mar.1, 2017. Eagle Telemedicine, which began in 2008, will now focus its resources on continued expansion of its telemedicine practices, which have seen dynamic growth over the last several years. The company will also continue to be aligned with leading locum tenens physician practice LocumConnections.
Eagle Telemedicine continues to be a pioneer in the industry, providing quality care demonstrated by over15,000 patient admissions,and upwards of 20,000 inpatient care encounters annually. Eagle has fine-tuned its telemedicine models of care, adapting them to meet the ever-changing needs of hospitals of all sizes,and is the clear industry leader in delivering TeleNocturnist services.
Exponential telemedicine growth
Our telemedicine business has experienced significant growth over the past two years,” said Talbot “Mac” McCormick, MD, CEO and president of Eagle. “We continue to receive enormous interest in our services from hospitals across the country not only as the result of a compounding physician shortage but from desire for all sizes of hospitals to enhance patient care through broader service offerings. As a Company, we are extremely excited about the future of telemedicine,the opportunity to continue helping hospitals augment coverage,and most of all,improve patient care.”
Growing opportunities in TeleNocturnist, Tele-Specialties
“When we created theTeleNocturnist program, many hospitals told us that they were looking for a solution for night call coverage, which was viewed as ‘toxic’ to many physicians, many of which had already worked all day at the hospital,”stated McCormick. Call coverage often leads to stress, burnout and attrition at a time when physician shortages impact many communities. Now a team of telenocturnist physicians can “beam in” and do everything from taking floor call from nurses, admitting patients and even running codes.
“In addition, telemedicine is an innovative way to bring specialists to the patient, rather than having to transport the patient to the specialist,”McCormick said. “Keeping patients in-house not only provides quality of care improvement for the patient and peace of mind for family members,but creates pathways for hospitals to improve their financial security.”