The Answer to Every Rural Physician's Problem
Are you a health care provider in a rural area? If so, then you know that you face different challenges than physicians located in urban areas. Have you discovered yet how Telehealth technology could improve access to your patients?
Well, the future of medicine — telemedicine — is here and it is your duty to explore how this new technology can help you provide better, faster care for your patients.
As a rural physician, you are responsible for more patients than your urban counterparts. The patient-to-primary care physician ratio in rural areas is only 13.1 per 10,000 people. This is compared to 31.2 physicians per 10,000 people in urban areas. Plus, your rural patients run a higher risk for certain chronic conditions that require continued medical care such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Your schedule gets booked up months in advance and you don’t have enough hours in the day to see all the patients that need care. You are overloaded and overworked. Luckily, there is a solution.
OnDemand Visit is the direct-to-consumer platform you need to increase the number of patients you can see in a day. Seeing more patients will increase your overall revenue and satisfy your patients’ needs for more reliable health care.
Now, your diabetes patients or others with chronic health problems that you see frequently will not have to drive long distances just for their regular check-ups and medication adjustments. They can have an OnDemand face-to-face virtual visit with you from the comfort of their home.
Dr. Ryan R. McCool demonstrated there are actual, proven time and value savings when using Telehealth technology. At the Third National Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on October 2–3, 2017, he presented his research that “there are significant time and travel savings for patients in rural settings” and “telemedicine can be effective for evaluating most patients, serves as a powerful triage tool and avoids more than 20% of unnecessary specialty referrals.”
At this same conference, Shauna M. Coyne, BSc. Director, IT Innovation, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City, presented a case study for a regional healthcare system that had utilized OnDemand digital health services. She found that telemedicine led to fast-tracking low-acuity patients, reduced wait times, and averaged seven patients per hour for virtual medical screening exams.
Can you imagine seeing seven patients in one hour? Just think about how many more patients you will be able to help in a day, a month, and a year. Your reach will expand further than you thought possible for a rural physician with our OnDemand clinic.
Just because you are located outside of a city doesn’t mean your patients shouldn’t have access to state-of-the-art medical care. Contact us to learn more about reaching more patients while providing better, faster care. We look forward to revolutionizing the healthcare practices of rural physicians with you!