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Access Physicians and Peterson Health Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Telemedicine Partnership Bringing Infectious Disease Specialty Care to Local Residents

Feb. 5, 2020 (Kerrville, TX) – One year after launching a tele-infectious disease program with Access Physicians, Peterson Health has facilitated 389 infection prevention consults, which allows them to keep these patients from being transferred to remote locations for care. Prior to the partnership with Access Physicians, local residents requiring specialty infectious disease care had to be referred to other hospitals farther away.

“There’s no reason that someone’s zip code should determine their access to the best clinical resources,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians. “Kerrville residents rely on Peterson Health to be there for them, no matter their health care need or challenge. With our partnership, Peterson Health is keeping keep that promise.”

“To be responsive to the needs of our patients and community, Peterson Health offers on-site infectious disease care,” said Cory Edmondson, president and CEO, Peterson Health. “With Access Physicians, our patients in our wound care center, hospital, and emergency department no longer have to travel to San Antonio or wait for care. We are able to provide this important service on site, when and where they need it most.”

Through the partnership, Peterson Health connects with an Access Physician board-certified infectious disease specialist via secure, high-resolution technology in minutes. On-site nurses, healthcare providers, and other physicians have access to the highest level of consultation to diagnose and treat patients with severe infections in its wound care center.

Access Physicians is a multispecialty physician group that combines clinical workflows, peer-referenced specialists, and a world-class telemedicine experience supported with a clinical sense of urgency. Current clients include Fortune 500 healthcare enterprises, independent rural and community hospitals, regional hospital networks, and the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals. The company has also received exclusive endorsements, including being the first telemedicine company to be endorsed by a hospital association. The Texas Hospital Association, the second largest in the country representing 8 percent of U.S. hospitals, named Access Physicians as an endorsed partner for telemedicine needs in 2019, as did TMSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.