AcuteCare Telemedicine Blog

Good Things Come in Small Packages

As the fall approaches and we reach the third anniversary of AcuteCare Telemedicine, we have spent some time reflecting on our company and personal growth over the last three years. From simple beginnings, serving one health care facility in the metro Atlanta area, ACT has expanded to include facilities in rural communities of both Georgia and Tennessee. We have developed alliances with Emory University Hospital and the Georgia Partnership for Teleheath, two partners who enable us to provide the highest quality of acute neurologic care where it may otherwise be lacking. Turning our attention forward, ACT continues to push to ensure that every emergency department is staffed with adequate 24/7 neurology coverage, whether in person or via remote presence.

ACT has always believed that our successes are primarily due to the quality of services we offer. Despite our expansion over the past three years, ACT has remained a small, intimate company, still owned and operated by its four founding physicians. We find unique value in our size; it allows for outstanding continuity of care, frequent “meetings of the minds,” and quick, effective identification of problems and subsequent solutions.

Weekly meetings with all four physicians cultivate innovative ideas, enable problem identification, and facilitate the creation of solutions in a timely and efficient manner, advantages rarely possible in larger corporations. Thanks to the size of the company, each physician of ACT has a specific role, but can be flexible and share duties when needed, strengthening the consistency of the quality care we provide.

Being smaller has other rewards. In the world of acute neurological emergencies, there is little time for complex communication and red tape. When problems or concerns arise at any of our serviced facilities, an ACT physician can immediately make contact remotely and work directly with a facility member on issue resolution. Try calling up the CEO of your car’s manufacturer when your check engine light comes on.

The four physician-owners of ACT continue to practice neurology in a group that has been caring for patients for more than 65 years combined. We are highly trusted neurologists in our own community, and we are committed to bringing our expertise to other communities in need. Our small size ensures that we will stay focused on keeping our standards high and our integrity intact along the way.

AcuteCare Telemedicine Turns 3!

This October marks the third anniversary of AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT). Over the course of its first three years, ACT has grown considerably during a period of significant change in the policy and industry of healthcare in America. The 4 Board Certified partners of ACT have retained a steady focus on their mission of filling a growing need for 24/7 neurology coverage.

Telemedicine has proven to be a burgeoning facet of the healthcare industry, with technological advancements and enhanced communications allowing providers to extend their reach over geographical boundaries to patients in need while simultaneously streamlining the healthcare delivery process and reducing associated financial and environmental costs. ACT has worked hard to stay ahead of the curve, offering the most cutting-edge solutions for saving lives in cases of neurological emergency.

Entering its fourth year of providing this expert neurological consultation via telemedicine technology to rural and underserved medical facilities throughout the Southeast, ACT looks forward to continued growth. As teleneurology continues to garner attention from hospitals as a practical and effective solution to neurologist staffing needs, the outlook for the company this year and beyond is extremely positive. “The message of ACT has really started to take hold in the healthcare community, and as our efforts for finding new hospital partners ramp up, we are optimistic that we will ultimately be able to reach even more patients with and offer them the level of care they deserve,” says Dr. Lisa Johnston, Partner, ACT.

“Following our rebrand of the company in 2011, we have stayed dedicated to our values as expert practitioners and our vision as a business,” adds Dr. Keith Sanders, Partner, ACT. “The standard of service we have been able to provide has only climbed higher. We are truly passionate about combating morbidity and mortality rates of acute stroke, right here at home in the Stroke Belt (a region of the Southeastern US with higher-than average stroke rates) and beyond.”

Hard work and diligence is paying off for the partners of ACT. As the group continues to practice neurology full time and commit themselves to reaching more patients in 2013, they hope to add to an already impressive list of achievements and accolades throughout their short history.


Atlanta Based AcuteCare Telemedicine Marks Two Year Anniversary

AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT), a leading provider in teleneurology services, reports significant growth despite the dynamic changes in the healthcare industry. The partners at ACT started the business to fill a growing need for 24/7 neurology coverage.   The 4 Board Certified partners, all highly respected and expert neurologists, have shown consistent growth since October 2009.

“The company was founded as Georgia Teleneurology,” commented Dr. Keith Sanders, Partner, ACT. “We rebranded the company in 2011 to align with our mission, vision, and value to offer 24/7 high quality emergency neurological care to facilities nationwide.

ACT’s unique model positions them as a high quality, low-cost provider of teleneurology services to contracted medical facilities. ACT not only contributes to the treatment of acute stroke patients, but also positive revenue growth for the medical facility.  The group’s initial contract led to the successful treatment of many acute stroke victims coordinated with a 261% increase in the contracted facility’s stroke admissions as it gained Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center certification, growing revenue for both ACT and the facility.

ACT marks the anniversary by adding 2 new contracts and announces a partnership with Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT), which will aid in expansion of services to remote areas in its home state where patients have extremely limited access to emergency neurological care.

“With a lot of hard work and diligence, our efforts are being noticed by the industry,” says Lisa Johnston M.D., Partner, ACT. “We continue to practice neurology full time while dedicating ourselves to the expansion of ACT.  We are passionate about what we do which is evident in the success we have achieved in 2 years.”

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