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Miller School, telemedicine firm collaborating in teleneurology


The ability to access care at an academic medical center often depends on where you live, which is why telemedicine has the potential to play such a critical role in delivering health care. And now a new collaboration between the Miller School’s Department of Neurology and Specialists On Call, Inc. will further help bridge that access gap.

The program with Specialists On Call, the nation’s largest privately funded telemedicine provider, will link hospitals throughout Florida and several other states with the Miller School’s expert neurologists. The program gives participating hospitals 24-hour access to some of the best emergency neurologists in the country.

According to Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and chair of neurology, “Our large and growing stroke, critical care, and interventional neurology faculty at the Miller School and Jackson Memorial Hospital are excited about collaborating with Specialists On Call.

“Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in Florida, and we desperately need to increase the number of patients with access to acute stroke care.”

Specialists On Call provides urban, suburban, and critical-access hospitals nationwide with immediate 24/7 access to highly trained specialty physicians. The company is the only privately funded national teleneurology provider to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

“I am delighted that the Miller School will partner with Specialists On Call to provide ‘just-in-time’ expertise to effectively diagnose and recommend treatment to patients experiencing acute neurologic events,” says Anne Burdick, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for telehealth and community outreach.

Specialists On Call CEO Joe Peterson, M.D., says the company is excited about the opportunity to partner with the University. “This is a great demonstration of how we can collaborate with academic medical teams to extend their direct impact well beyond their medical center.”

UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Again Ranked No. 1 in Nation

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was ranked the No. 1 hospital in the country for ophthalmology in the 20th annual survey of “America’s Best Hospitals” published by U.S.News & World Report. Two other specialties at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center were also ranked as among the nation’s best: ear, nose and throat, ranked 20th, and geriatrics, ranked 35th.