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Calendar ImageFebruary 19, 2014 @ 11:32AM

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Onsite Occupational Health and Safety Inc. (Onsite OHS) announced today that it has signed an agreement with UPMC, one of the nation's leading health care systems, to provide second opinions and medical consultations through a secure Internet link for the benefit of Onsite OHS customers. The telemedicine services initially will be offered in Afghanistan.

UPMC physicians will offer their services in dermatology, infectious disease, neurology and orthopaedics, although other service lines may be added later. Onsite OHS, which serves defense, energy, manufacturing and other customers worldwide, expects to expand UPMC's consultations to other countries in southwest Asia and potentially to several states in the U.S.

"As one of the nation's top 10 medical centers and a global leader in the use of telemedicine, UPMC will help us to bring world-class care to patients, regardless of time or distance," said Kyle G. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Onsite OHS. "Under the first agreement of its kind for Onsite OHS, these 'virtual' consultations will be a valuable addition to the care that we offer to our patients all over the world."

UPMC physicians will provide their consultations starting in March to Onsite OHS physicians, and those doctors will remain responsible for patient care. Using an innovative, web-based telemedicine system developed at UPMC's Technology Development Center, UPMC's physicians can provide Onsite OHS with a consult within hours of notification and receipt of necessary patient medical information.

"With its focus on excellence in patient care and unparalleled responsiveness to patients and clients, Onsite OHS shares some of the same core values that drive the world-class physicians of UPMC," said Andrew Watson, M.D., chief medical information officer for UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division. "This collaboration will build on our extensive telemedicine efforts, part of UPMC Global Care, which provides patients worldwide with a variety of convenient ways to access our highly specialized care."

UPMC's rapidly expanding telemedicine program for adults and children encompasses nearly 40 service lines and serves patients in India, Singapore, Kazakhstan, China, Ireland, Italy, Colombia and Mexico. The program enables better chronic disease management, improved access to specialists for rural and remote areas, and enhanced education for health care providers

About Onsite OHS

Onsite OHS is an internationally-recognized company that has emerged as a global leader in promoting U.S. quality healthcare for employers anywhere in the world, in any environment.

We are founded on the core values of excellence in patient care, adaptability to client and market needs, world-class experience and unparalleled responsiveness to our patients, clients and employees. Our comprehensive medical services range from a single paramedic to facilities with a physician and support staff. Through a growing client-base, Onsite OHS has provided on-site healthcare in the following settings: manufacturing, industrial, construction, pipeline construction and the energy industry.

The certified veteran-owned small business was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Princeton, Indiana.

About UPMC

A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. It provides more than $887 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region's most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 62,000 employees, 22 hospitals, 400 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, a 2.2-million-member health insurance division, and international and commercial operations. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 10 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals - and No. 1 in Pennsylvania. For more information, go to UPMC.com

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