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Houston's NuPhysicia LLC has Remote Medical Technologies and Services Featured on CNN Health Report
Date:1/13/2009

'Telemedicine takes a new turn. Now you can see the doctor while you shop.'

HOUSTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Early on Christmas morning, CNN ran Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen's feature, "What is Telemedicine?" demonstrating how telemedicine is being used to deliver convenient, affordable, physician-directed healthcare to patients at six area Walmart Supercenters.

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Cohen's piece introduced the audience to the telemedicine technology of NuPhysicia LLC and the physician services offered by the doctors of eCareGroup PLLC. Additionally, Cohen observed patient encounters with Dr. Oscar Boultinghouse and underwent an examination of her own with Dr. Michael J. Davis, both physicians with eCareGroup.

"I think her exam and first-hand observations of Dr. Boultinghouse's patient visits were excellent opportunities for her and her viewers to see the technology and clinic functions up close," said Davis.

Boultinghouse, board-certified in emergency medicine, and Davis, who is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology, have each performed thousands of exams using the same technology and methods. "CNN did an excellent job of portraying our services as a viable solution to the ever burdening issue of access to quality healthcare," said Boultinghouse.

NuPhysicia's remote medical technology uses live, two-way video between the doctor and the patient over secure Internet channels. A uniquely-trained paramedic uses special examination scopes to show in real-time a patient's eyes, ears, nose, throat and skin to the physician examining the patient. A remote stethoscope allows the physician to hear heart, lung, abdomen, and other vascular sounds with diagnostic clarity. The exam is completely conducted by the physician with the paramedic acting as his or her "hands."

For the low cost of $59, the NuPhysicia remote medical technologies and eCareGroup services allow patients in a retail clinic such as Walmart to see a physician, said Dr. Glenn Hammack, president. "In these times of economic uncertainty, the ability to deliver such care is a great pleasure for NuPhysicia," said Hammack. "We appreciate CNN helping us get the word out. The story is a good overview of a great clinical service."

"Many ask why we don't accept insurance and the answer is simple, to keep the cost affordable, and the service quick and convenient," Hammack added. Patients with insurance are given the appropriate paperwork to file for reimbursement with their insurance companies if they so desire. Telemedicine is an accepted form of medical delivery by the majority of insurance providers.

Hammack added that while the CNN report posed the question "Is the remote care impersonal?" it is important to note that patients have shown high acceptance of telemedicine. Patients find it equally friendly to traditional office visits, and typically more accessible. "High patient satisfaction with NuPhysicia's remote medical care methods has been documented by multiple independent studies," said Hammack. "Patients get it. They appreciate what the technology brings in terms of accessibility, convenience and getting their needs met right away with a physician visit."

To view the report, go to CNN's website at:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2008/12/28/cohen.turn.your.head.click.cnn?iref=videosearch

About NuPhysicia LLC

NuPhysicia LLC is about improved health-care services -- delivering doctor visits anytime, anywhere. NuPhysicia services on-site employee health care as Medicine At Work(R), offshore and remote health services as InPlace Medical(R), retail health care through Walk-In Telemedicine Health Care (WITHCare) and is an international leader in remote medical services and telemedicine. It exclusively operates telemedicine methods developed by the University of Texas Medical Branch, proven through serving hundreds of thousands of patients around the world for nearly two decades. NuPhysicia brings doctors to the patient -- no matter where they live or work, even in remote corners of the globe. With NuPhysicia, patients take significant control of their health care, keeping them healthy and productive, all while improving convenience and reducing costs. For more information about NuPhysicia, visit www.nuphysicia.com or call 713.358.9270.


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