TeleNeurology Is More Than Stroke Care
SOC Telemed (SOC) began with a group of neurologists using telemedicine to treat stroke patients. But, as Mauricio Sirvent, general manager of Neurology at SOC, explains, teleNeurology is more than stroke care.
“While telestroke accounts for a majority of our neurology work, it really is only one of the tools in our arsenal of care. Our neurologists also have experience in epilepsy, neurophysiology and neuromuscular areas, for example. Almost 2/3 of our neurologists are double boarded in sub-specialty areas, including vascular and many are also triple- and even quadruple-board certified. This allows us to lend our expertise as needed in the diagnosis and treatment of patients that have conditions associated with epilepsy, dementia, migraines and others,” says Sirvent.
Sirvent brings over two decades of hospital and healthcare experience to SOC, with several senior-level positions in healthcare, including CEO and CFO at Kendall Regional Medical Center, CFO and COO at Florida International University HealthCare Network, and CFO/COO at Pan American-CAC Medical Centers. This experience gave him first-hand knowledge about the need for improved patient care, and during his time at Kendall, led him to help develop the teleNeurology program there that was part of the hospital’s ability to gain Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center certification. Sirvent then became CEO of NeuroCall, which SOC acquired in early 2017.
Because Sirvent is familiar with the administrative needs of hospitals, he can help ensure optimal collaboration between SOC and client hospitals. These partnerships lead to broader access to specialty care, better clinical and organizational outcomes, and patients getting back to their everyday lives faster.
How does SOC’s teleNeurology leadership lead to better outcomes for its partners?
At SOC, our predominance is in acute care hospitals and freestanding emergency centers affiliated with our partner hospitals. As such, our neurology teams work with hospitals who are primary or comprehensive stroke centers and have dedicated neuroscience programs whereby we provide acute and routine care, including stroke and thrombolytic treatments.
“Advances in telemedicine as a whole, coupled with SOC’s continual innovation of our technology and practices, allow us unprecedented reach to patients with critical care whenever and wherever they need it most,” said Sirvent.
Why are you passionate about your work with SOC?
I’m passionate about supporting work that truly impacts people’s lives. I find teleNeurology to be an exciting and evolving field that can vastly improve the quality of life of patients.
Although I’ve had a long career in healthcare administration, I’m actually an ex-accountant. I was the CFO of a hospital in a past life, then became the CEO. There, I instituted a teleNeurology program that we were able to grow and nurture. I loved it so much that I switched to the telemedicine side!
But during that process, I was able to see the program become an effective recruitment tool, helping us attract neurologists interested in work-life balance, and with various concentrations, such as neurologists with a specialty in sleep disorders in addition to those focused on vascular neurology. I got to see those concentrations come together for a common goal—such as a sleep disorder specialist and a vascular neurologist working together with a cardiac electrophysiologist as it relates to patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). These patients commonly have sleep disorders. And teleNeurology, particularly at the scale of SOC’s services, facilitates those connections for the betterment of patients’ lives.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I am 100% a family man. I have two daughters both in college, so my wife and I really enjoy going to visit them. I have a big extended family and consider SOC my work family.
Further securing leadership in the field of teleNeurology and acute telemedicine, SOC recently announced the creation of its teleNeurology Council, an internal body created for the advancement of remote Neurology care. Comprised of renowned SOC specialty physicians, the Council is designed to lead and expand SOC’s teleNeurology specialty while setting standards for industry leadership, patient care, outcome measurement, and overall quality. Learn more.