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The MS Center of Atlanta Partners with Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
Date:2/22/2013

(PRWEB) February 22, 2013

A significant number of patients in Georgia lack access to physicians knowledgeable about their disease or illness. This is true not only in rural areas, but also in many urban areas for certain specialties. Patients pay a significant price, travel great distances, to see their physician. Many with disabling diseases have no means of transportation. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a prime example where the majority of specialists are in the metro Atlanta area.

The MS Center of Atlanta, along with the NMSS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society), are dedicated to remove all barriers to patient care. The Center is proud to team up with GPT (Georgia Partnership of Telehealth) and Dr. Brian Griner to set up the first dedicated telehealth center for MS in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Griner is a Primary Care Physician and Dr. Jeffrey English along with the Centers other staff neurologist are on the MS Center side of this partnership. Patients will be able to see their MS specialist immediately from a primary care facility without traveling 4.5 hours (each way). The Center is to have sites across Georgia and hope the future will allow such care directly from every primary care physician's office.

Separately Dr. English is developing similar relationships for concussion management through SCI-Atlanta (Sports Concussion Institute at Atlanta). Athletes with suspected concussion will be able to access comprehensive care from their local physician with follow-up directly at their school. The focus on safety for the injured athlete involves education, removal from play, and return only when it is 100% safe. Many areas lack physicians trained in concussion, a mild form of a traumatic brain injury. Every athlete deserves access to comprehensive care by physici
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