Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
For Journalists

Kelly McCall
Public Relations Director
Telephone: 717-231-8104​​​​

Senior Director
Telephone: 412-586-9771

Want to Make an Appointment or Need Patient Information?

Contact UPMC at
1-800-533-UPMC (8762).

Go to Find a Doctor to search for a UPMC doctor.​

UPMC Pinnacle Expanding Neurology Services with Telemedicine Access to UPMC Experts in Pittsburgh

New Program Starting in May Allows UPMC Pinnacle to Treat More Neurology Patients

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2018UPMC Pinnacle today announced that its central Pennsylvania patients will be able to see neurologists from UPMC Neurology in Pittsburgh via telemedicine technology starting this month. Using state-of-the-art, two-way audio and videoconferencing technology, central Pennsylvania patients will be treated for stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), and other acute neurology conditions on a regular basis.
“Without leaving the area, this is a unique opportunity for our neurology patients to get ongoing care from additional neurologists with experience ranging from life-saving intervention for severe brain trauma to skillful management of neurological illnesses,” said Rhunelle C. Murray, M.D., M.H.A., medical director for neurology at UPMC Pinnacle. “We look forward to seeing and helping new patients in central Pennsylvania.”
UPMC Neurology specialists will examine the patient via two-way cameras and digital monitoring tools, and share test results and medical records with an advanced practice clinician in the room with the patient. In this interactive environment, patients get to see and talk to the doctors just as if they were in the same room. The telemedicine services will be available at the UPMC Pinnacle Bloom Outpatient Center, located at its UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Campus in Harrisburg.
“Offering access to the most advanced neurology care through telemedicine reflects UPMC’s commitment to bringing world-class care to all of the communities we serve,” said Lawrence Wechsler, M.D., vice president of telemedicine services at UPMC, and Henry B. Higman professor and chair, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
In addition to bringing extra expertise to the area, this new program will allow UPMC Pinnacle to offer its neurology services to more patients, including patients with multiple sclerosis who are seeking a new provider. UPMC’s neurology specialists will be available to treat patients for a wide range of neurological disorders, including brain and spinal cord traumas, chronic headaches and migraines, dementia, stroke, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and more.
UPMC Pinnacle established a telemedicine program in 2012. The PinnacleHealth Telestroke Network gives stroke patients at community hospitals outside the Harrisburg area 24/7 access to the lifesaving expertise of UPMC Pinnacle’s acute stroke experts. Telemedicine services continue to grow nationally. HIMSS Analytics expects that about 53 percent of hospitals will be using telemedicine technologies by 2020.1
1"Telemedicine Adoption Continues Growth in 2016 and Beyond:"

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |