For Patients & Families

What is Telepathology & Telemedicine?

To answer the above question: It is Digital-based Medicine which affordsTransparent and Accountable Medical Care at a Distance.

Telemedicine/ telepathology can be viewed as “medicine on the go,” or simply “mobile medicine”.

Our modern society is developing into the infamous “digital life.” We shop, socialize, entertain, and even learn about new and exciting ways of doing our routine business “online.” In a sense, it is a way of loosely networking and finding the best solution for your life essentials. And, as we all know, when we get insights from others with far superior experience, skill, knowledge, and even talent, we gain significantly in many aspects.  Patients in particularly can become beneficiaries of unsurpassed high- quality and evidence-based medicine, when using the internet to shop around, compare quality and cost of medical services that will fit within the patient’s busy schedule, and not just convenient to a 9-5 office based medical practice schedule.

A number of telemedicine and telepathology online consultation practices are beginning to be the norm rather than the exception. Experts around the world are now able to interview the patient online, discuss and review clinical information, laboratory test result, as well as review pathology slide images as well as radiological images shared by others in real-time with images that have high-resolution(clearly visible and easily recognizable images).  Moreover, this makes it possible for patients to be better informed about their objective clinical diagnoses through a network-consortium of experts without one having to leave the comfort of one’s home or one’s work location for that matter.  But by simply signing on to a practice such as ours with an office located in Atlanta at http://www.medicaldiagnosticchoices.com, you can gain the world of second opinion, and guidance on how to stay healthy and prevent certain diseases. We will treat you like family because we care about your health.

By our dedicated professional, Dr. Jackson  L. Gates, MD,  doing a scientific and critical review of the current medical literature on your behalf, and by inviting other experts to the discussion, the ultimate outcome could lead to unrecognized ways of working up your particular disease or treating and managing an illness otherwise thought not to be treatable, at comparable savings to you.  And that should matter. For instance, the goal is to present your medical information in a forum similar to a “tumor board discussion” and/or “clinico-pathological correlation-CPC conference” as done in a hospital setting, except, we bring it directly to the patient via an online discussion.  Wow, that is quality medicine at its best, when you (the patient) become the subject matter, and various opinions about your health and treatment strategy are presented.  Don’t worry.  Your healthcare data and information will be safe and protected because it is required by law (HIPAA RULES:  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html).

If you care to get started in controlling and managing your healthcare, then visit me to learn more at http://www.medicaldiagnosticchoices.com to begin learning how you can be in the driver’s seat of your healthcare, controlling cost, and preventing disease before the disease process is too advanced  and cost prohibitive.


MDC Provides Post-Mortem Services-up to $3500

When you need to put your mind at rest to be assured that your loved one did not die in vain or because of a mistake made by the health-care professional, a private postmortem evaluation may be able to bring a sense of closure for the surviving family member(s) of the deceased.

We make certain that your deceased loved one is treated with the utmost respect, and our postmortem evaluation is done with standards of professional medical care and conduct.  A private postmortem evaluation can independently confirm or determine the cause of death, and identify the nature and extent of any other diseases present. It may also help you better understand your relative’s illness and cause of death. Our private postmortem results can also help with the treatment of other patients with similar illnesses.

NOTE:

The most important FIRST STEP is for the NEXT of KIN to  immediately obtain medical records of the deceased loved one from hospitals and all health-care providers involved in the patient’s medical care during life at least three (3) months prior to the love one’s death.  The process of obtaining medical records is similar as with during life for transition of medical care,CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

The next step is for the Next of Kin  to directly contact Dr. Gates with a request to have a post-mortem examination performed on your loved one, prior to the body being released from the hospital or other medical/nursing home facility where the deceased love one expired, CLICK HERE TO CONTACT DR. GATES.

AN AUTOPSY MAY NOT BE NECESSARY TO DERIVE AT AN ACCURATE CAUSE OF DEATH AFTER DR. GATES HAS REVIEWED THE COMPLETE MEDICAL RECORDS OF THE DECEASED LOVE ONE. For those next of kin family members to the deceased who can’t afford to pay for an autopsy, we will provide select, limited autopsy evaluation through our nonprofit organization, “The Institute of Pathology and Laboratory Medical Science, INC.” (You may review this announcement in the Lab service provided)

FOR SUSPECT INFECTIOUS DISEASE AS CAUSE OF DEATH, WE SUGGEST EMBALMING THE BODY PRIOR TO POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION.  THE TISSUE STRUCTURE IS MAINTAINED AFTER EMBALMING THE BODY, AND IT IS SAFE FOR EXAMINATION. BECAUSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY CONSTRAINTS, A POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION WILL NOT BE PERFORMED ON SUSPECTED CAUSES OF DEATH DUE TO CREUTZFELDT-JACOB-DISEASE (CKD, PRION DISEASE) OR ANY OTHER HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND DEADLY DISEASE.

ALL TOXICOLOGICAL STUDIES SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR TO EMBALMING THE BODY.

Toxicology Evaluation
In this evaluation, we only perform an external evaluation of the deceased body for identification purpose.  DUE TO CHAIN OF CUSTODY, WE DO NOT PERFORM TOXICOLOGY TESTING. Toxicology is usually performed by the medical examiner’s office for complete toxicology drug testing.
Limited Evaluation
In this evaluation, we only examine the internal organs in the chest and abdomen for trunk only.  Or, for brain only, we only examine the brain and proximal spinal chord.
Complete Evaluation
In this evaluation, we provide a complete external and internal examination.  Selected laboratory testing is also done according to antecedent medical records for the deceased individual, as well as based on the autopsy findings.

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