Plainview family physician and TMA leader Sidney Ontai, MD, MBA, is the first physician featured on a new national satellite radio series that premiered in April. TMA suggested that "Voices From American Medicine," found on ReachMD XM 160, interview Dr. Ontai because he cares for patients in rural West Texas, uses telemedicine to extend his medical care into remote areas, and still makes house calls.
ReachMD is an award-winning network for professional medical news, information, and continuing medical education. Its new series features "physicians on the front lines of medicine discussing their personal stories of triumph, tragedy, humanitarianism, and innovation." "Voices From American Medicine" is produced in cooperation with TMA and other medical associations and societies from across America.
The first of these conversations features Dr. Ontai on ReachMD's web and mobile platforms. "These little towns that I've put [remote] clinics in are so small, they don't have pharmacies. They're lucky if they have a retired nurse out there," Dr. Ontai said. Describing the use of his remote clinic to see established patients via telemedicine, he adds, "I use the clinic as if I have another exam room. It just happens to be a hundred miles away."
Dr. Ontai has chaired and served on both the TMA Council on Practice Management Services and the TMA Committee on Rural Health. He also served on TMA's Health Information Technology Ad Hoc Committee, on the Texas Medicine Editorial Board, and as vice president of the Hale-Floyd-Briscoe County Medical Society.
ReachMD plans to air interviews with two other TMA physician leaders: Kim Edwards, MD, an Austin pediatrician who is a one-physician army against childhood obesity, and Stan Wang, MD, JD, MPH, an Austin cardiologist who returned to Texas because of the state's physician- and-patient-friendly medical liability climate. More Texas physicians also will be featured.
Action, May 2, 2011