Urology Pioneer Focused on Integration
As a urology specialist for over 30 years, Dr. James Lingeman has pioneered several minimally invasive surgeries for the treatment of kidney stones. In fact, he launched the first laparoscopy program in the state and was the first to use extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) technology in America.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Lingeman joined what would become Methodist Urology. Today, Methodist Urology is a valued part of IU Health Physicians.
According to Dr. Lingeman, “As the system has grown and developed to create a highly integrated employed physicians practice model, it has made it easier for physicians to do their work. This is the way healthcare is going in the US - providing patients access to the proper physician when they need it, ensuring any test can be done promptly, and whatever physician they interact with has quick access to all their information. This will provide for a better patient experience.”
When Dr. Lingeman sees a patient in the office, his/her records are already a part of the system. “The more information you have, the better you can treat patients. Another really practical thing we do right now is sending a consolidated bill. In other cases patients may get a hospital bill, a radiologist bill, etc. and you have to keep track of it all. With IU Health Physicians, it is a single statement for everything.”
“For my needs, IU Health Physicians is very accommodating” says Dr. Lingeman. “They have helped me establish new programs and are always asking ‘How can we help you?’”
In addition to being a member of IU Health Physicians, Dr. Lingeman is a professor of urology at the IU School of Medicine.
“Without the IU School of Medicine, I wouldn’t be able to do the job I do now. My affiliation allows me to provide state-of-the-art treatments to patients. I am very involved in teaching and research and publish extensively, which makes the IU School of Medicine vital to my career," says Dr. Lingeman.