Texas-based American HealthChoice launches telemedicine programme

Flower Mound 04 November 2004American HealthChoice Inc. (AMHI) has launched a telemedicine programme that involves providing health care to patients utilizing video-conferencing telecommunications and digital technology, including electronic stethoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes, to virtually connect patients to health care professionals.

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The initial roll out using this emerging technology will be among company-owned clinics and some of the clinics participating in AMHI'S Affiliated Revenue programme. The company also plans to offer the technology to independent medical clinics in and around Texas within twelve months time. "To date telemedicine has mostly been used by radiologists and cardiologists", stated Michael Smith M.D., Medical Director for AMHI's Texas physician subsidiary. "This technology marks a new day for primary care physicians and I am very excited to play a role in this transformation."

"Telemedicine is further proof of the role that technology is now playing in the delivery of quality health care, especially over vast distances", stated Dr. J.W. Stucki, CEO of American HealthChoice. "This technology will enable patients in small or remote communities to receive the kind of quality medical care normally reserved for those in big cities or more developed urban areas. Those seeking necessary and valuable second opinions, or consultations with a specialist, will no longer have to travel long distances, or wait days or even weeks to be seen."

"We expect the revenues from our telemedicine programme to have a positive impact on our financial results beginning in the first half of 2005 and also bring efficiency to our clinic operations", explained Dr. Stucki. "We are pleased to be on the front-end of this exciting transformation in health care, as we feel that telemedicine will ultimately revolutionize and significantly improve patient care in the United States and throughout the world."

American HealthChoice is a medical services company comprised of a parent company and twenty-five owned and affiliated medical clinics in Texas.


Leslie Versweyveld

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