AcuteCare Telemedicine Blog

Expanding the Reach of Teleneurological Care

Thomas Hospital has been serving the communities of Baldwin County and Mobile Alabama for more than 50 years. A 150 bed hospital with a staff of more than 1300 dedicated medical professionals, Thomas Hospital has established a tradition for earning accolades for excellent service. In 2014 it was named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and a 2014 America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by Women’s Choice Award. For four consecutive years the facility has been named among the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters and was named a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. With such an exemplary track record it is no surprise that it would seek to improve its neurological care services through the use of the latest communication technology.

In a time when medical specialist are in short supply and increasing financial pressures are common place among the nations smaller to mid-sized hospitals, many are turning to telemedicine to assure their patients have access to the finest quality care available. In an effort to complement their existing neurological care department, Thomas Hospital is partnering with AcuteCare Telemedicine and the Alabama Partnership for Telemedicine to provide virtual, 24 hour, seven days per week treatment for stroke and other neurological maladies. The service is scheduled to go into effect in early January, 2015 and will assist the dedicated caregivers at Thomas Hospital in providing the finest around the clock neurological treatment to the patients in their community.

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) is the leading practice-based provider of Telemedicine services for hospitals seeking around-the-clock stroke and other urgent Neurological care. As the demand for Neurologists increases and new regulations impact hospitals, there is a growing shortage of experienced physicians available to provide continuous coverage. ACT offers cost-effective solutions that deliver complete on-call coverage to improve patient outcomes. “Attracting and recruiting medical specialists is an ongoing challenge for smaller, regional hospitals who must balance the needs of their patients with the financial realities of healthcare in this demanding economy,” says Dr. Matthews Gwynn, Director and Founder of the Stroke Center of Northside Hospital and AcuteCare Telemedicine CEO. “We look forward to expanding our family of client partnerships throughout the region with the addition of Thomas Hospital.” Alabama Partnership for Telehealth will be providing the technical assistance and infrastructure for the project.

Alabama Partnership for TeleHealth (APT) is a charitable nonprofit corporation with a focus on increasing access to healthcare through the innovative use of technology. APT’s goal is to serve the citizens of Alabama by promoting and supporting new and existing telehealth programs across the state.

Thomas Hospital is an associate of Infirmary Health, Alabama’s largest non-government healthcare team, and is devoted to patient care through three acute-care hospitals, three rehabilitation hospitals, three outpatient facilities and 22 medical clinics which serve an 11-county area along the Gulf Coast of the state.

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