Increased Acceptance of Telehealth Medicine Programs and Long-standing Physician Shortage Compel Company to Expand Staff
ATLANTA, Ga. (March 11, 2021) — Eagle Telemedicine announced today that Dr. Sheetal Patel has accepted the role of Regional Medical Director and welcomes Donna Jennings as Regional Director of Business Development.
Dr. Patel joins Dr. Ellie Basaly as Eagle Telemedicine’s second Regional Medical Director, which will allow the company to work more closely with administrators and medical directors at hospitals using telehealth medicine services. In this role, Dr. Patel will:
- Advise and consult with hospital administrators and medical directors on the use of telemedicine.
- Develop processes and guidelines as necessary for Eagle Telemedicine physicians to allow ensure consistent and high quality patient care.
- Perform clinical oversight of telehealth medicine programs located in the southeast.
- Train new telemedicine physicians.
“With four years of service as a TeleHospitalist at Eagle, Dr. Patel has demonstrated her commitment to providing exceptional patient care and ability to train new physician,” said Dr. Talbot “Mac” McCormick, Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Telemedicine. “This role will allow her to develop and deploy clinical strategies to better serve Eagle Telemedicine clients, their patients, and communities.”
During Dr. Patel’s tenure at Eagle Telemedicine, the company launched training initiatives, developed telemedicine technology to improve the efficiency of remote care, and expanded protocols to work more effectively with onsite clinical teams and the patient’s they serve. Dr. Patel is responsible for training and onboarding many Eagle physicians. She also has experience guiding onsite and remote staff on hospital procedures and performing in-depth training on various the electronic medical records (EMR) systems.
“I was lucky to have a mentor to guide me through my first night as a telemedicine physician. Mentorship is very beneficial,” says Dr. Sheetal Patel. “Now, I lead the effort to mentor physicians transitioning to telemedicine. There are specific protocols for how and when to use telemedicine at each hospital. I train new providers on these protocols.”
In their everyday work with hospital partners, Eagle physicians, like Dr. Patel, are integrated into the clinical workflow at each facility. The remote, telehealth medicine providers adapt to the unique needs of each location, and become part of the hospital’s medical staff, trained to document, chart and order like local physicians. The regional hospitalist medical director acts as a conduit between the facility and the TeleHospitalists to guarantee seamless patient care in a virtual environment.