GlobalMedia partners with NeuroCall to offer remote neurology services

Scottsdale 15 May 2009Scottsdale, Arizona-based GlobalMedia, an innovator of video imaging and visual communications solutions used in the practice of telemedicine, has partnered with NeuroCall Inc. to provide remote neurological services worldwide. NeuroCall, a Miami, Florida-based company, provides assistance with acute stroke management as well as other neurological problems. Through GlobalMedia's EasyShare video conferencing software and mobile cart system, this partnership allows acute stroke and neurology patients to be treated remotely and more quickly increasing their chances of survival.

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"As the global shortage of physicians expands, telemedicine is a modern yet practical solution to meet this need", stated Joel E. Barthelemy, managing director for GlobalMedia. "This partnership based on GlobalMedia technologies and Dr. Ricardo Garcia-Rivera of NeuroCall's professional services adds yet another layer of patient care to help save lives. We are proud to be working with Neurocall."

According to the American Stroke Association, 700.000 stroke cases are reported each year with only two to three percent treated by a specialist. Since the introduction of thrombolytic therapy (TPA), time is of the essence and the partnership between NeuroCall Inc. and GlobalMedia makes it possible for hospitals without neurologists on staff to keep patients in house, as opposed to transporting them to facilities with neurologists. The system gives medical centres the opportunity to add "neurology" to their list of services, and makes it possible for them to retain revenues that otherwise would have been lost to another institution.

"With GlobalMedia providing the software and camera cart systems, NeuroCall uses the latest in teleconferencing and telemonitoring technology to help treat patients in need of urgent care", stated Dr. Ricardo Garcia-Rivera, founder and chief medical director of NeuroCall. "Being an ex-ER doc myself, I know how the lack of a neurological specialist's presence in the hospital can affect decision making, and this technology will provide that service remotely, effectively and efficiently."

Dr. Garcia-Rivera has been in situations where he has received a call while sitting in a restaurant, pulled out his laptop and with the GlobalMedia software and remote technology, consulted with a patient in the hospital having a stroke. The immediate response time ultimately saved this patient's life.

NeuroCall Inc. offers remote neurology services to any facility that needs coverage. Unlike other telemedicine services, it focuses on one specialty. The team consists of 22 neurologists and three advanced registered nurse practitioners. Services are offered in many languages including: Spanish, French, and four East Indian dialects. With a cart system supplied by GlobalMedia and a high speed internet connection, a specialist can appear securely on screen in an ER facility within minutes.

Scottsdale, Arizona-based GlobalMedia manufactures and sells telemedicine solutions that provide superior image quality, unmatched versatility and unsurpassed simplicity for the health care industry. GlobalMedia's camera, image management, store-and-forward, videoconferencing and video streaming technologies enable leading pathologists, dermatologists, paediatricians, neurologists, surgeons and other caregivers to be more effective in providing patient care, and more productive and efficient in managing patient information.

Products include TotalExam camera, the most versatile and easy to use exam camera on the market; and CapSure store-and-forward imaging and image management software, which provides automated work flow capabilities for seamless integration into video conferencing systems. GlobalMedia is currently providing free grant writing consultation and application assistance to health care providers and professionals seeking their share of billions in economic stimulus dollars.

NeuroCall Inc. is a private, international service, focusing on emergency neurological coverage through the use of Remote Telemedicine Services. The team of physicians is currently licensed in 19 states as well as the Cayman Islands, and Spain. Expertise in all facets of Neurology is delivered to any facility with a camera-cart-system and a high speed internet connection. NeuroCall has offices located in Miami, New Hampshire, and Spain.


Source: GlobalMedia

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