(Dallas, Texas – Feb. 21, 2019) The Texas Hospital Association today announced the endorsement of Access Physicians, one of the leading providers of inpatient, multispecialty telemedicine.
The endorsement will support THA-member hospitals and health systems in their work to address physician shortages, physician burnout, and critical clinical service line deficits, while also reducing the cost of physician coverage and improving clinical outcomes and financial performance.
After a rigorous selection process that evaluated Access Physicians’ commitment to improving access to care, product and service quality, customer satisfaction, technical capacity and financial stability, THA and its marketing subsidiary, HealthShare, endorsed the physician-owned company as a preferred provider for both telemedicine technology and telespecialty services.
“Telehealth is no longer the future. It is the present. Identifying a high-quality and dependable partner for THA hospitals follows a rigorous due diligence analysis, and we are pleased to endorse Access Physicians and its strategic approach to telehealth,” said Ted Shaw, THA president/CEO.
Each Texas hospital and the community they serve are unique. Telehealth opportunities are shaped by each hospital’s needs. THA’s endorsement provides hospitals with an experienced physician network to guide and advise a strong business development strategy for the implementation of appropriate telehealth solutions that help each hospital address its unique needs, challenges and opportunities.
“Access Physicians and its approach to telehealth sets it above other vendors that neglect the strategy behind the implementation of telehealth solutions. While Access Physicians’ telehealth services can be used to complement an existing service line, they also can be a reliable option for new specialty care resources,” said Lance Lunsford, president/ CEO of THA HealthShare, which manages research and endorsement of health solutions for THA. “The marketplace can no longer afford to determine the value of a telehealth company through the attributes of one telehealth vendor’s cart over another. Instead, the value of a telehealth partner should come from its ability to help manage and integrate into existing hospital operations and help devise a business solution that address patient needs.”
Lunsford said Access Physicians was chosen for its strategy-driven approach to telemedicine with a vision to enable Texas hospitals to rapidly achieve meaningful clinical and financial outcomes. In its analysis of Access Physicians, THA HealthShare conducted several rounds of presentations and examination of the company leadership with hospital leaders from around the state.
“As a multispecialty physician group founded in Dallas, we are proud to partner with THA to create scalable clinical programs for every Texas hospital, customized to the healthcare system and the communities they serve,” said Access Physicians CEO, Chris Gallagher, M.D., FACC. “Through this collaboration, we will leverage telemedicine to systematically improve and broaden care offered in local communities and local hospitals, so patients and their care teams get the support they need, when they need it, in their own community.”