According to the AMA, as many as 70% of all doctor visits could have been handled over the phone, and over 65% of ER visits are non-emergent. Patients seeking care in settings that are excessive for their needs is a major component of the estimated $300 billion spent annually on unnecessary, inappropriate or wasteful care. Telemedicine not only promises to dramatically reduce these costs, but at the same time make access to care easier for patients and make more revenue attainable for practices.
Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the launch of MYPRACTICE24/7, the first in a series of cloud-based telemedicine solutions designed to improve access for patients while opening new revenue streams for providers and reducing costs for employers and insurers. MYPRACTICE24/7 will be available free to practices interested in providing anytime access to their providers as well as to Consult A Doctor’s national network of on-call physicians for after hours, out-of-state and overflow care.
Based on TeleCare 3.0, Consult A Doctor’s cloud-based telemedicine platform, MYPRACTICE24/7 is fully secure and HIPAA compliant, and can be customized to support the specific needs of a wide range of practices. In addition to enabling provider-patient encounters anywhere, at any time, this robust platform also includes the following features for providers and their patients:
- Telemedicine platform and communication center
- Marketing and patient enrollment website
- EMR and clinical tools
- Online scheduling and secure messaging
- Mobile application, phone, online and video consults
- Patient portal and Personal Health Manager
- 24/7 Doctor On-Call Hotline for patients
- Request and refill e-Prescription and eLabs
- Online Personal Health Record
- Health library and wellness tools
Perfected over more than four years of providing direct-to-consumer telemedicine services and working with health plans, employers and other groups on telemedicine programs for their members, MYPRACTICE24/7 will allow physicians to practice care from anywhere via phone, email or video all while ensuring compensation and adding new revenue to their practice. MYPRACTICE24/7 empowers patients to receive quality, affordable care 24/7/365, thereby avoiding unnecessary, costly ER and office visits.
“Telemedicine is a win for everyone,” said Wolf Shlagman, CEO of Consult A Doctor. “Employers and health plans see a major reduction in cost of care by shifting a large percentage of encounters to a more 46 cost-appropriate setting; doctors get compensated for phone and online consultations like any other professional would; and patients get access to care whenever and wherever they need it for a very low cost. It’s like concierge medicine at Wal-Mart prices. Telemedicine makes so much sense for everyone, it is a healthcare revolution just waiting to happen – and by making the first next-generation telemedicine platform available to practices for free, we are kicking-off that revolution today.”
The new cloud-based telemedicine platform, MYPRACTICE24/7, will be launched in an invitation-only phased roll-out at www.ConsultADoctor.com. Attendees at the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) 2011 Annual Conference, taking place from October 23 to 26 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, can also register at the Consult A Doctor booth (#357) during exhibit hours.