Sentient Acquired by SpecialtyCare
On October 26, 2016, clinical services provider SpecialtyCare acquired Sentient. While our exceptional intraoperative neuromonitoring team is now united with SpecialtyCare, our commitment remains the same—to provide you with outstanding clinical care, patient safety, and customer service.
For more details, read the press release on the SpecialtyCare website. We’re thrilled to be part of SpecialtyCare, and we look forward to continuing to support the neuromonitoring needs of your surgical teams and your patients today and over the years to come.
Sentient is one of the nation’s largest, most sophisticated and most reliable providers of intraoperative monitoring services. Prospective, case control, and retrospective studies published over the past 20 years attest to the efficacy of intraoperative monitoring. It is considered valuable in the management of orthopedic and neurosurgical patients by many professional organizations, among them the American Academy of Neurology, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, Scoliosis Research Society, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Sentient was founded in 1995 as one of the first providers of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring with remote neurologist oversight. We are committed to providing our surgical neurophysiologists with the tools, training and experiences that prepare them for all types of surgeries. Additionally, all of our surgical neurophysiologists are supervised during surgery, in real-time, by consulting neurologists. By providing physician supervision, we maintain a surgical neurophysiologist-supervising neurologist relationship that is traditional to medicine and provides the surgeon and patient with an additional layer of information and expertise to improve surgical outcomes.
In the field of neurodiagnostics, we have developed a high-quality service delivery model that provides physicians and their patients readily available and low-cost tests of neurological function and perfusion. By providing these procedures on a wider scale, we are able to detect the presence of reduced cerebral perfusion, TIAs, PFOs, emboli, carotid stenosis, etc. in a cost-effective manner that will significantly improve short and long-term patient care as well as the patient’s quality of life.
The Sentient Difference
As one of the nation’s largest providers of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, Sentient provides a surgical neurophysiologist-supervising neurologist team for all types of procedures on a 24/7/365 basis.
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Sentient neurologists are licensed in 34+ states. We continue to expand our geographic reach. We serve both large institutions as well as community hospitals.
Joint Commission Accredited
Unlike many of its competitors, Sentient is accredited by the Joint Commission as having met its standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations. The accreditation recognizes Sentient’s commitment to quality and safety to patients, staff and the intraoperative neuromonitoring community.
Robust Technology and Support
Sentient maintains a fleet of state-of-the art monitoring equipment to support surgeons 24/7/365 with real-time analysis. Communication of neurophysiological data gathered during surgery from the operating room to supervising neurologists and consultation is enabled through secure, continuous broadband transmission. Technical and clinical resources are available immediately available to support monitoring.
Experienced, Highly-Trained Staff
Sentient’s supervising neurologists are generally board eligible or certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and have completed at least one year of an approved Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology or Intraoperative Neurophysiology.
Sentient’s surgical neurophysiologists hold a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in a health science field; most hold masters or doctorate level degrees in the biomedical/clinical sciences and many have additional clinical experience with EEG, EP, chiropractic, or nursing backgrounds. Sentient requires that its surgical neurophysiologists successfully pass the Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring – CNIM.
We monitor a broad range of surgical procedures
Sentient offers uncompromising expertise in the supervision of the neurophysiological aspects of a broad range of procedures, whether neurosurgical, interventional neuroradiological, cardiothoracic, vascular or orthopedic, for example:
Scoliosis surgery, extra or intramedullary tumor resection, hardware insertion or removal, spinal cord detethering.
Tumor resection, aneurysm clipping, posterior fossa exploration and microvascular decompression.
Carotid endarterectomy, carotic or intracerebal arterial stenting, aortic aneurysm surgery.
Surgeon & facility support
Surgeries can be booked and confirmed via phone, fax, or online. Our scheduling team is available 7:30AM through 5:30PM EST, Monday through Friday. However, we also offer an “after hours” answering service – available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information on scheduling, visit our scheduling page.
Data Security and Storage
Sentient maintains all case-related data on its encrypted virtual private network. This meets all HIPAA requirements.
Cases monitored by Sentient are overseen by licensed and credentialed physicians who are dedicated to confirming that the best possible information is being provided to the surgeon.
At the end of each surgery, a comprehensive report is generated and sent to the hospital’s records department, as well as the surgeon’s office. The report includes numeric results and professional commentary interpreting the results for each modality that was tested during the surgery. Proprietary and easy-to-read reports highlight any abnormalities that were noted by the supervising physician during the surgery. Cumulative reporting by case type or surgeon is also available.
Information on intraoperative monitoring for patients is provided to all surgeons’ offices so that the patient is aware that neuromonitoring will be utilized during their surgery and the reasons why it is important. The surgical neurophysiologist will make every effort to introduce him- or herself to the patient before the surgery to answer any questions that the patient may have about monitoring.” There is also a comprehensive patient-focused section on this Website to provide additional patient information and education about intraoperative neurodiagnostic monitoring.