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Specialists On Call Delivers 10,000th Emergency Teleneurology Consultation
Date:12/21/2009

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), announced today that it recently delivered its 10,000th emergency teleneurology consultation since the company's inception. This telemedicine milestone is an unprecedented achievement and expands SOC's leadership position as the largest private emergency teleneurology provider in the country. SOC reached 10,000 consults when it recently responded to a neurologic emergency at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Baptist Hospital is a 435 bed facility that has used SOC's teleneurology service for close to a year and a half.

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Specialists On Call currently provides hospitals nationwide with immediate 24/7 access to a select cadre of board certified neurologists via telemedical link. With SOC specialists supporting local ED and inpatient physicians, hospitals are able to treat neurologic emergencies and stroke patients with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Hospitals using SOC's teleneurology service report delivering the clot dissolving drug, tPA, to 59% of patients presenting with Acute Ischemic Stroke within the 3 hour window. This delivery rate is over three times the national average for hospitals treating similarly eligible stroke patients without SOC's teleneurology service.

Dr. Joe Peterson, the CEO of SOC, commented, "Specialists On Call continues to grow quickly with our offering of superb clinical quality and unmatched financial efficiency. We are demonstrating that a clinical telemedicine solution can scale orders of magnitude beyond local projects, and in doing so we are advancing the care of patients while relieving local resources of burdensome and poorly compensated on-call schedules yet without carving into their practices. By achieving and maintaining Joint Commission accreditation, we have put our performance up against the same qualit
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