HOUSTON, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- NuPhysicia, LLC, the nation's leading provider of telemedicine health services, today launched InPlace Medical Solutions, the first offshore medical service that connects remote workers with physicians through live, two-way videoconferencing. InPlace Medical Solutions combines advanced telemedicine technology and medical services to improve workforce health and safety and lower risks. Offshore rig and remote workers gain access to advanced healthcare, direct physician attention and improved medical technology.
Shannon Caldwell, NuPhysicia's executive director of Offshore and Remote Services, said, "Using InPlace Medical Solutions, any rig with Internet capability can have instant attention from world-class board-certified physicians through telemedicine. Physician-driven care allows injuries and illnesses to be assessed properly on the rig and managed better, reducing the number of unnecessary helicopter evacuations and the risks associated with them."
Caldwell said, "With InPlace Medical Solutions, patients are evacuated only if medically necessary, and their care is better managed while a helicopter is en route. A significant portion of helicopter evacuations from drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico in 2007 were due to non-work related medical incidents ranging from ear infections to heart attacks."
InPlace Medical Solutions' delivery model places the right resources on the rig: specially qualified medics, advanced equipment, medical-quality videoconferencing, and an electronic medical record (EMR) system for recordkeeping. Rigs are supplied with 128 prescription medications, including vaccines and 20 types of antibiotics. Unlike a medic supported by a doctor by telephone, the live, two-way videoconferencing allows the physician to see and talk to the patient and do examinations with video scopes and a digital stethoscope.
InPlace Medical Solutions was developed by the
Caldwell added, "InPlace Medical Solutions also provides services previously not easily available on rigs - voluntary health risk assessments, occupational medicine, preventive care, and health and wellness programs."
InPlace Medical Solutions is available with five levels of service on a day-rate basis.
Dr. Glenn Hammack, president of NuPhysicia, said, "InPlace Medical Solutions raises the bar for offshore and remote medical services. It is well recognized that multinational oil companies are grappling with a shortage of specialized labor for offshore rigs that promises to get worse. InPlace Medical allows them to have confidence that their offshore workforce safely stays where it needs to be - keeping the rig productive - rather than being diverted by minor medical issues."
Additional information about InPlace Medical Solutions is available at http://www.inplacemedical.com.
About NuPhysicia, LLC
NuPhysicia, LLC, is a privately held medical services solutions provider specializing in telemedicine concepts developed and proven by the
BACKGROUNDER: InPlace Medical Solutions
InPlace Medical Solutions provides better health to employees while reducing risk for offshore oil and gas operators.
History of NuPhysicia and InPlace Medical Solutions
In 1995, the
This telemedicine system has been proven to deliver high-quality medicine to more than 3,000 workers in Antarctica, and over 120,000 inmates in over 100 correctional facilities in Texas. NuPhysicia's systems also are on offshore oil production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and on pipe-laying ships worldwide. In 2008, more than 60,000 patients were treated using this approach to healthcare. Now, we are introducing InPlace Medical Solutions (http://www.inplacemedical.com), so that companies, organizations, and institutions all over the world can benefit from high-quality, accessible healthcare any time, anywhere.
Reduce offsite visits without compromising the quality of care
Approximately 75% of helicopter flights to and from offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are due to non-work related medical incidents because minor medical complaints often are treated as having the same risk as a heart attack or traumatic injury. Offshore evacuations are commonplace, but the vast majority are unnecessary, costly, and increase the risks associated with offshore operations.
Comparison of medical and injury evacuations, Gulf of Mexico, 2007 This report is one evacuation provider, not the total of all Gulf of Mexico evacuations. Cause of Evacuation Number of Evacuations Percentage of Total Illness (Medical Condition) 481 72% Trauma (Injury) 190 28% Total Evacuations 671
Most remote locations have some healthcare services onsite, ranging from first aid to a complete medical facility. At one extreme, these services are severely limited, and at the other, they are not cost-effective. InPlace provides a real-world, real-time solution: An onsite combination of innovative medical instruments, telecommunication equipment, and qualified professional medical help.
InPlace offers telemedicine hardware that fits in existing spaces, training for offshore staff, proven care protocols, and electronic medical records (EMR). This provides a comprehensive supporting health system for the delivery of medical reviews, health/wellness checks, and injury and illness assessments. InPlace's installations offer 24/7 access to emergency physicians and other specialists who can evaluate urgent or emergency situations, such as chest pains.
High-quality outcomes allow employers to manage more effectively. Employers also can expect to see more expedited return to work, more informed management of medical transits, less medical risk, and far more employee uptime.
Who should think about adding InPlace?
In extreme locations where offsite medical visits are expensive, logistically challenging or potentially dangerous, InPlace is an excellent investment, even for small populations. In short, anywhere there are people who could benefit from having fast, easy access to high-quality medical help, InPlace is the preferred solution.
Today's successful global businesses deploy their people around the world. To get the best people to work in remote locations, especially in regions where medical services and facilities can be questionable, employers need the best health and medical services available. No matter where employees are deployed, InPlace brings them high-quality medicine.
With InPlace, employees get instant access to doctors who perform examinations, answer questions in real time via two-way video, and bring peace of mind. Even in urgent situations, InPlace provides the best information, which helps make the best decisions for each employee.
How InPlace Medical Solutions works
At the remote location
No new structures or rooms need to be built. InPlace works in existing medical care facilities. A trained medical professional works with the patient using special instruments for examinations. Medical-quality images are sent to the doctor via a secure Internet connection, allowing full diagnosis and treatment - all in a real-time conversation with the patient and paramedic or other onsite medical professional.
The remote location is fully equipped with a medical-quality videoconferencing system that includes:
At the InPlace physician's location
Using two-way video, the doctor conducts the examination, in a real-time conversation with the patient and onsite medical professional.
With a special electronic stethoscope, the doctor listens to the patient's heart and lungs, abdomen, and various blood vessels. Special illuminated instruments let the doctor examine inside the ears, nose, and throat, and view the skin with high resolution magnification.
The onsite paramedic is trained and equipped to perform electrocardiograms and laboratory analysis onsite at the doctor's request. The physician's studio includes a calibrated high resolution monitor and a stethoscope headset linked to the remote location by video.
Performance and security
An electronic medical record keeps all the health information safe, organized, and accessible over any distance, and eliminates the problems and delays of a paper-based record system. Strict control over authorized access to the EMR keeps all patient information secure.
InPlace Medical works with the customer's telecommunications team to ensure optimal connectivity, with secure links that protect patients' privacy. Once configured, the devices are tested for maximum performance, and the connections are certified for medical use.
All telemedicine devices are supported by a full service or replacement plan, providing the customer with a one-call solution to technical problems.
InPlace Medical Solutions service levels
Because each remote location has its own unique needs, InPlace Medical Solutions are configurable, with models and service level packages available at day rates that scale to budget and program needs. Depending on the service package,
InPlace Medical Solutions services include a combination of:
Shannon Caldwell - Executive director, Offshore and Remote Services, NuPhysicia, LLC
Shannon Caldwell is the executive director of Offshore and Remote Services for NuPhysicia, LLC. Caldwell was formerly with Noble Drilling, where he served as the corporate HSE advisor for Eastern Hemisphere Operations covering three continents. His responsibilities included oversight for health and safety programs and implementation for more than 3,000 workers. Prior to working for Noble, Caldwell held emergency medical services positions, including remote duty paramedic for KBR in Iraq, FEMA disaster response paramedic during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and helicopter flight paramedic for PHI Air Medical. He also was an adjunct faculty member at
Oscar W. Boultinghouse, MD, MPH, FACEP - Senior Vice President for Telemedicine Program Development and Primary Care Services
Dr. Boultinghouse directs primary care and urgent care services, as well as paramedic training and management. He is a board certified Emergency Medicine Specialist and former Medical Director for UTMB's Life-flight Program. He has managed many Gulf of Mexico and international offshore medical issues. He has spent the last 14 years on the
Michael J. Davis, MD, MBA, FACC - Senior Vice President for Telemedicine Program Development and Specialty Services
Dr. Davis directs the eCareGroup specialty care with specific focus on cardiology but directs all specialty care management. He has been active in remote health care and telemedicine for a decade, and held previous positions as Director of Cardiology, Digital Medical Services, UTMB Correctional Managed Care and then Associate Director of Medical Specialties, Director of Cardiology Services for the UTMB Electronic Health Network. Dr. Davis has been engaged in the integration of digital peripheral devices in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disorders utilizing telemedicine as a platform. His work in this area has also included evaluation of point-of-care testing devices aiding in the diagnosis of cardiac illness. Dr. Davis has also directed his work to the application of telemedicine and the electronic medical record to treat and manage chronic diseases. He is recognized as the one of the nation's most experienced cardiology telemedicine practitioner, his direct patient care experience utilizing telemedicine includes thousands of care episodes to remote locations thereby enabling enhanced access to a specialist for patients with cardiac disorders. Dr. Davis was a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology at UTMB from 1988 through 1997, where his principal emphasis was cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. He was a faculty member at
Glenn G. Hammack, OD, MSHI - Chair and President, NuPhysicia, LLC
Glenn Hammack is the founding President of NuPhysicia, LLC, developing it as a spinout company from the
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