Urology practice offers virtual visits

Dr. Koushik Shaw launched a telemedicine program in March at Austin Urology Institute. Dr. Koushik Shaw launched a telemedicine program in March at Austin Urology Institute.[/caption]

As Austin traffic increases and the U.S. faces a nationwide shortage of urologists, one urology practice aims to make it easier for patients to see their doctors.

In March, Austin Urology Institute launched a telemedicine program in which patients not requiring a physical examination may choose a virtual visit, said Dr. Koushik Shaw, who started the practice four years ago.

“It’s like FaceTime with your doctor,” he said.

AUI uses software created by Austin-based startup Chiron Health for the program. Patients are able to use the camera on their computer or smartphone during visits, Shaw said.

He said video visits will not replace regular exams, but it is useful if the doctor is monitoring a patient or needs to discuss lab results or a treatment plan.

“For a lot of people face time is important, but for busy folks it’s a huge convenience factor,” Shaw said.

AUI treats patients for kidney stones and bladder and prostate issues. The practice is located at 12319 N. MoPac, Ste. 200, Austin. For more information call 512-694-8888, or visit www.austinurologyinstitute.com.

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By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.