According to a 2017 American Urology Association survey, the shortage of urology specialists is particularly acute compared with other specialties, with 62 percent of counties in the United States having no practicing urologists. The partnership addresses this pressing need, by expanding the geographic practice areas of urologists, allowing clinics and primary care facilities to offer a range of urologic services via telehealth.
As a practicing urologist, PercuVision founder Errol Singh, M.D., F.A.C.S., understands that many patients are unable to access a urologist, but this gap in care can be bridged with virtual medical solutions such as PercuVision’s DirectVision product line when paired with LocumTenens.com’s expertise in providing telemedicine. The DirectVision products were created to improve patient outcomes by advancing the standard of care through the application of vision technology. “Vision should not be the last resort, especially for patients at risk for difficult urinary catheterizations, but the first,” said Singh. “With the PercuVision Telehealth Hub and the clinicians staffed by LocumTenens.com who have a wealth of telehealth expertise, urology services will be available to many more patients in greatly expanded service areas.”
Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming were chosen for the pilot study because of the populations and distribution of people who are often many miles from full-service medical centers. The states also provide telehealth parity for reimbursement through their Medicaid programs, or reimbursement at the same rates as in-clinic care. In addition, the states recognize out-of-state physicians who have applied for telemedicine permits to practice in their states.
LocumTenens.com’s clinicians help deliver care to more than seven million patients in over 2,400 healthcare facilities nationwide. Locumenens.com has a dedicated telehealth service to create custom-built workflows to optimize providers’ teleurology requirements. Non-urologic providers guided by these LocumTenens.com urologists using the PercuVision DirectVision system can manage urology patients, with image-guided instruments for a number of urologic examinations and services including video interventions and catheter placement.
PercuVision’s telehealth hub connects patients with specialists through a built-in video conferencing platform combined with its DirectVision line of accessories to support a broad range of medical examinations including:
- Live video interventions
- Urinary catheterization
- Patient Monitoring
- Digital stethoscope
- Blood pressure
- Pulse Oximetry
“Harnessing telehealth to help patients, who might not otherwise have the means to seek out or access the care they need, connect with clinicians demonstrates its value and importance in the healthcare industry,” said Chris Franklin, President of LocumTenens.com. “We’re proud to be part of the solution through this partnership with PercuVision.
PercuVision® LLC's mission is to improve patient care and safety by applying microfiber-optic bundle technology to common global medical procedures. The DirectVision line of products use patented micro-endoscope technologies to bring vision to blind medical devices. More information on the company can be found by visiting www.PercuVision.com.
LocumTenens.com is a full-service healthcare staffing agency, specializing in the temporary placement of physicians, CRNAs, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at healthcare facilities across the U.S. As the industry’s most-visited job board, LocumTenens.com helps healthcare organizations connect with the professionals they need to ensure patients have access to quality care. Founded in 1995, LocumTenens.com is part of the Jackson Healthcare family of companies. Learn more at http://www.locumtenens.com/about.