Today’s healthcare sector is going through an exciting phase. With telemedicine on the rise, changes have been made in medical diagnosis, care and treatment. As the next big wave in healthcare, telemedicine is being rapidly implemented by medical facilities across the U.S. while a greater focus, is being directed at making this treatment even more effective.
Recently PlushCare, a telemedicine company, has brought a couple of interesting concepts to the table. Understanding the need to replicate the traditional patient-doctor relationship in case of telehealth, PlushCare developed a virtual consultation platform that allows patients to form long-lasting relationships with their physicians. The telemedicine company also partnered with California School-based Health Alliance to launch an initiative called #Care4Care, which strives to provide check-ups, vaccinations and other important healthcare services to underprivileged children.
Patients tend to feel more comfortable if they see the same doctor. It is this familiarity that drives them to use a particular telemedicine service again and again. PlushCare observed this behavior during its three-month beta test and developed a virtual consultation platform that can be accessed from the patient’s desktop or smartphone. Virtually connecting patients with doctors trained at top med schools like Stanford and UCSF, this platform offers same-day diagnosis, treatment, and ad hoc prescriptions for emergency, chronic illnesses or health advice.
In addition to it’s virtual assets, this platform connects a patient directly with a doctor and ensures that during follow-up visits, they are attended to by the same doctor who is familiar with his or her medical history. Not only does this heighten the “feel-good” factor for the patients, it also creates a scope for better treatment as well.
PlushCare also offers lab test facilities through its partnerships with Lab Corp and Quest Diagnostics. It also can send electronic prescriptions to local pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Safeway and Walmart.
PlushCare will start its operation in California before extending this service to other parts of the country.
Do you think this platform can replicate real-life doctor-patient relationships?
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About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at email@example.com