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Tufts Medical Center and Specialists On Call to Deliver 24/7 Access to Neurology Experts Through TeleNeurology Collaboration

10/22/2014

Boston, MA October 22, 2014– Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) and Specialists On Call ("SOC"), the nation's largest provider of specialist physician services to hospitals via telemedical technologies, are partnering to provide a new neurology support option to community hospitals in Massachusetts. The collaboration will bring together Tufts MC’s neurology specialists and SOC's established telepractices and capability to deliver highly efficient, quality telemedical services. The new program will be called Tufts Medical Center TeleNeurology.

"Tufts MC has a long tradition of medical excellence and service to patients and hospitals throughout Eastern Massachusetts,” said Michael Wagner, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “We are very pleased to extend our support to community hospitals by, offering emergency neurology and acute stroke support via Tufts Medical Center TeleNeurology."

"SOC has a strong record of providing telemedicine services that help patients receive state-of-the-art specialist care close to home,” said Joe Peterson, MD, CEO of Specialists On Call. “We are honored to support great local care to benefit patients, families and community hospitals, and pleased to collaborate with Tufts Medical Center to offer new options for keeping neurology care local at Massachusetts hospitals."

Tufts MC TeleNeurology will provide 24/7 access to highly qualified neurologists via telemedicine, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and keeping care local whenever possible. The Tufts MC and SOC collaboration offers immediate expertise in current therapies, rapid response times and excellent customer service for the community physician and the patient. This program will improve patient access as well as the quality and cost of highly specialized medical care.

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About Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of nearly 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Media Contact

Jeremy Lechan
Media Relations & Internal Communications Specialist
Department of Public Affairs and Communications
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111
(617) 636-0104

About Specialists On Call

Specialists On Call is the nation’s most experienced and trusted provider of physician consultations via telemedicine.  SOC provides over 300 hospitals nationwide with 24/7 TeleNeurology, TelePsychiatry, TeleIntensivist and TeleCardiology services delivering highly qualified, telemedicine-experienced, board certified, fellowship trained specialty physicians directly to the patient’s bedside.  Since inception, SOC has consulted upon more than 150,000 patients, improving the care of patients and their families.  SOC is the first private provider of acute clinical telemedicine services to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and it has maintained that accreditation every year since 2006. For more information please visit www.specialistsoncall.com

Media Contact

Dawn Gontkovic
Director Communications & Public Relations
1768 Business Center Drive #100, Reston, VA 02111
703.225.7160
dgontkovic@soctelemed.com