SOURCE: UltraClinics, Inc

April 11, 2006 17:10 ET

UltraClinics™ Consulting Division Develops a Second Generation Urban Miniclinic Network

Telemedicine-Enabled Miniclinics Increase Efficiency and Convenience for Patients

TUCSON, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2006 -- UltraClinics™, an Arizona-based telemedicine healthcare system integrator, has implemented a network of same-day second generation miniclinics in Tucson, Arizona. Participating in the program are two independent university medical centers. (www.uphkino.org/ultraclinics.htm)

Interoperable Urban Miniclinic Network

Individual miniclinics in the urban UltraClinics™ network offer services in specific disease categories. Two breast care clinics, one located in a hospital-based clinic and the other at a free standing breast imaging center 7 miles away, offer same-day breast biopsy and lab reporting services. A prostate cancer clinic combines same-day exams and same-day laboratory results. At another location, a dermatology clinic uses on-site rapid-processing of skin biopsy specimens. The network has entry points for patients at four locations. Three laboratories in the UltraClinics™ network use rapid tissue processors that reduce histopathology laboratory work from an overnight process to a 2 to 3 hour process enabling same-day lab results reporting for patients. Two laboratories support telepathology. Currently, telepathologists can remotely diagnose cases from 3 locations in the network. The network uses 2 telepathology technologies, robotic-dynamic telepathology (www.apollotelemedicine.com) and array microscope virtual slide telepathology (www.dmetrix.com). "Tucson has the first network of interoperable second generation miniclinics," according to Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., Chairman of UltraClinics™ and founding Director of the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program.

About the Arizona Telemedicine Program

UltraClinics™ is a spin-off company of the University of Arizona and the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (www.telemedicine.arizona.edu). The Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) serves as an umbrella organization for dozens of independent healthcare organizations participating in various telehealth enterprises in the Southwest. As a telehealth Application Service Provider (ASP), the ATP provides facility planning services, staff training, access to its healthcare telecommunications network, as well as business and legal services. Physicians providing professional services for the UltraClinics™ urban miniclinic network previously generated over 2,000 diagnoses by telepathology and 6,000 diagnoses by rapid turn-around digital telemammography for patients in rural communities, over the ATP's Arizona Telemedicine Network. Telepathology services include primary diagnoses, second opinions, a quality assurance program, and intra-operative frozen section services. "Telemedicine, teleradiology and telepathology are routine services in Arizona. To date, over 275,000 Arizona patients, in rural and urban communities, have benefited from telehealth services," states Weinstein.

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