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Eagle Telemedicine, a pioneer in inpatient telemedicine, today announced the addition of a rheumatology specialty to its growing list of physician telemedicine services. The Eagle TeleRheumatology service is a new specialty added to the company’s growing list of 15 specialized telemedicine services offered to hospitals and clinics nationwide to help them overcome the recruiting challenges during the current shortage of specialized physicians.
More than 54 million Americans live with rheumatic disease in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030. Yet, with many practicing rheumatologists estimated to retire and a lack of new physicians entering the field, the number of rheumatologists is expected to decrease 24% to just 4,497 rheumatologists by 2030, This has generated an increased need for rheumatologist access, particularly among regional hospitals in rural communities. The Eagle TeleRheumatology service is rising to meet this increased need.