USMDDirect now offers telehealth services as a creative and cost-effective way to connect your employees with the services they need in times of health crisis.
As you know, technology has fundamentally changed the travel experience, with smartphones now able to deduce where you are headed based on your calendar entries, talk you through directions turn by turn, steer you away from traffic and recommend highly rated local restaurants. Or you can leave your car and get a ride at the tap of a button.
In health care, we are well on our way to seeing an analogous change in how we, as patients and consumers, experience health care – the creation of an integrated virtual tele-health ecosystem. USMDDirect.com members are now able to participate in this rapidly expanding ecosystem through the Turnkey solution of virtualtravelclinic.us.
USMDDirect offers telehealth services that uses videoconferencing technology and
Integrated with remote virtual examination tools to provide on-demand remote medical care should be no different than in-person service.
When USMDDirect.com launched the virtualtravelclinic.us, we focused on services for corporate employees. We then expanded into specialties like travel medicine, behavioral health, dermatology, cardiology and point–of-care orthopedic — both a natural fit for telehealth. What’s next? Integrated telehealth experiences that include a range of specialists, screenings/testing, pharmacists, X-ray, ultrasound and other non-physician providers who are integral to managing acute point-of-care conditions to provide services to employees.
Connected Devices & Wearable’s
While healthcare saw a burst of activity around apps and wearable’s, we are moving towards meaningful device connectivity in health care. Meaningful connectivity like the Withings tracker, activity and sports tracking with instant heart RATE and blood oxygen monitoring. Which also monitor sleep cycle help to monitor employee’s stress and daily activity level.
The future is here, which will include more devices with this balance of clinical and consumer benefit, such as seamless integration with home testing devices (e.g., blood glucose readers), multi-function diagnostic devices, and biosensors that will bring an Internet of Things (IoT) experience to remote patient monitoring, chronic condition support, and health improvement.
Ubiquitous Entry Points
If technology can turn on your lights and help you order online, why shouldn’t it help you communicate with a health care provider? As rapidly as consumers have migrated from web to mobile platforms for digital health care, new access points are already emerging in the form of voice-based systems like Amazon Echo, interactive TV interfaces like Roku, smart watches, and yes, even smart cars. Now you will be able to request a physician consult without lifting a finger right-at-work. A service of usmddirect.com “ doctoroncall24x7.com” provides a 24/7 multi-specialty telemedicine clinic.
Integration with the Broader Healthcare Ecosystem
As we move forward, telehealth integration can be woven into the fabric of how healthcare is delivered to you and your employees. USMDDirect already has implemented two-way exchange of clinical data with electronic health records (EHR) systems and can “tier” provider networks to incorporate a health system’s own physician with our physician network “doctoroncall24x7.com”. These improvements augment USMDDirect ability to ensure 24/7 access.
This is the future of immediate health care that does not require emergency care or expensive trips to the doctor. USMDDirect cuts doctor visit times and makes life easier for shift workers with transportation challenges. One does not have to think very hard to imagine scenarios where a quick diagnosis and care plan would greatly reduce stress on employees and your business
Dr. Fawad Zafar-Khan MD