Onsite OHS Taps UPMC Expertise through Telemedicine to Care for Patients in Afghanistan
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2014
– Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc
. (Onsite OHS) announced today that it has signed an agreement with UPMC
, one of the nation’s leading health care systems, to provide second opinions and medical consultations through a secure Internet link for the benefit of Onsite OHS customers. The telemedicine services initially will be offered in Afghanistan.
UPMC physicians will offer their services in dermatology, infectious disease, neurology and orthopaedics, although other service lines may be added later. Onsite OHS, which serves defense, energy, manufacturing and other customers worldwide, expects to expand UPMC’s consultations to other countries in southwest Asia and potentially to several states in the U.S.
“As one of the nation’s top 10 medical centers
and a global leader in the use of telemedicine, UPMC will help us to bring world-class care to patients, regardless of time or distance,” said Kyle G. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Onsite OHS. “Under the first agreement of its kind for Onsite OHS, these ‘virtual’ consultations will be a valuable addition to the care that we offer to our patients all over the world.”
UPMC physicians will provide their consultations starting in March to Onsite OHS physicians, and those doctors will remain responsible for patient care. Using an innovative, web-based telemedicine system developed at UPMC’s Technology Development Center
, UPMC’s physicians can provide Onsite OHS with a consult within hours of notification and receipt of necessary patient medical information.
“With its focus on excellence in patient care and unparalleled responsiveness to patients and clients, Onsite OHS shares some of the same core values that drive the world-class physicians of UPMC,” said Andrew Watson, M.D
., chief medical information officer for UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division
. “This collaboration will build on our extensive telemedicine efforts, part of UPMC Global Care
, which provides patients worldwide with a variety of convenient ways to access our highly specialized care.”
UPMC’s rapidly expanding telemedicine program for adults and children encompasses nearly 40 service lines and serves patients in India, Singapore, Kazakhstan, China, Ireland, Italy, Colombia and Mexico. The program enables better chronic disease management, improved access to specialists for rural and remote areas, and enhanced education for health care providers.