Phelps Health has partnered with SOC Telemed to offer emergency and inpatient teleNeurology services at Phelps Health.

SOC Telemed (SOC) announced today the launch of emergency and inpatient teleNeurology services at Phelps Health, in Rolla, serving six counties.

Phelps Health selected SOC’s Telemed IQ platform to access emergency neurology care 24/7, on-demand in the emergency department. SOC neurologists will also serve as an on-call teleNeurology support system in the inpatient neurology department, strengthening the hospital system’s on-staff neurologists with extra support and flexibility.

“The Telemed IQ platform allows hospitals like Phelps Health to serve their communities with confidence,” said Jason Hallock, chief medical officer at SOC Telemed. “In neurology, stroke care, emergency psychiatry, critical care, cardiology and beyond, we connect specialized experts to hospitals in need, seamlessly.”

The launch of teleNeurology at Phelps Health is poised to reduce the hospital’s patient transfer rate and increase its case mix index. This change will allow Phelps Health to treat a variety of neurological conditions so patients will not have to travel long distances for care.

For Phelps Health, the prioritization of teleNeurology services was an effort in community care, while the selection of SOC Telemed was about experience, reputation and the company’s care quality credentials from The Joint Commission.

Senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Phelps Health, Keri Heavin, said, “We are proud to partner with SOC Telemed and their board-certified neurologists who can provide patient consultations for a variety of neurological conditions,.

“Using teleNeurology services provided by SOC Telemed, our patients can stay close to home for care and receive follow-up treatments with our Phelps Health neurologists,” she added.

Telemed IQ is in use today in more than 550 hospitals nationwide.