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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