Thursday, October 17, 2013

You can now see your physician - on your SmartPhone

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We all know that the growing cost of healthcare are causing some to cut back on their prescriptions.  According to Take Part, this is because of several factors including cutting back on filling prescriptions which is a result of several things: fewer visits to the doctors office, fewer visits to the emergency room and outpatient clinics, and a less sever flu season.  Some find this troubling as they have determined that many patients aren't going to the doctor when they need to.

Enter American Well.  This company has made telehealth available and affordable to many Americans and has just opened up their services to all Americans in most states (Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana and Oklahoma are currently excluded due to current laws).  According to MobiHealthNews, now anyone can meet with the physician via the service over their mobile device after they download the app.  To do so, users simply agree to the terms of service, enter their personal information and health insurance information if they have it then are presented with a list of physicians that are able to see them for a fee $49 if the user has no insurance.  Also collected during the visit is information about their online pharmacy, a follow up phone number and asks where the patient would have gone had they not used this method to visit the doctor.  Depending on the state, users can receive prescriptions from the doctors.

Some of the top uses for this tool are basic care questions like rashes, flu, and bronchitis.  If users have chronic conditions, they'll check to see if a symptom can b
e treated with something they already have in their medicine cabinet.

This February at the ePharma Summit, during the panel presentation How Will Marketing Innovation Help Pharma Adapt to the Massive Changes in Healthcare?.  This panel will focus on many of the innovations revolutionizing the healthcare industry, many like this which allows users to visit the doctor with their SmartPhone and even receive prescriptions for their illnesses.  For more information on this session and the rest of the agenda, download the program.  If you'd like to join us, as a reader of this blog, when you mention priority code XP1906BLOG and register to join us, you're eligible to save 15% off the standard rate.

Do you think giving patients access to physicians in more methods would allow healthcare in this nation overall to improve?
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