According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, nearly 22 million school days are lost due to colds alone, with an additional 38 million school days lost due to the influenza virus. To help keep kids out of the clinic and have a quick return back into the classroom, Doctor On Demand, (www.doctorondemand.com) the leading video medicine provider in the U.S.A. was founded by Dr. Phil, Jay McGraw and Adam Jackson. They provide video visits with board-certified physicians accessible on your smartphone for immediate medical service, wherever you are without ever leaving your home.
Jay McGraw described the origins of this service, “we started Doctor on Demand because we saw there was a lack of access to doctors in the U.S., rising insurance premiums and urgent care costs and wait times are all major problems across the health care system. We also recognized that there was no direct to consumer app that allowed you to have a video consultation with a U.S. licensed physician. We launched the app on iOS and Android in December of 2013”.
What is a video visit? According to the Doctor On Demand webpage, video visits allow their physicians, psychologists and lactation consultants to provide focused care – without you having to leave your home. With video, they can look, listen, and engage with you to diagnose your issues and provide an effective treatment plan.
Imagine how easy it could be to access a doctor without the hassle of long office wait times, or even days before an appointment can be made. Given the immediacy of the need to assess and diagnose, and not expose our children further to the germ filled waiting rooms of our Pediatricians office, this appears to be a great alternative to traditional walk in appointments.
According to their web pages, “starting at a rate of $40, you can connect with a board certified physician with just a few taps on your smartphone. Their Physicians are trained to treat many common health issues like colds, pink eye and the flu and can even send prescriptions straight to your pharmacy. You or your child can connect with a physician from the comfort of your home and avoid long wait times and germ-filled waiting rooms”.
In addition, the service is stated to be, “easy to implement. The Doctor On Demand method avoids restrictive contracts and deep technical integration to get you started with telemedicine quickly. They provide a simple contract, works with any insurer, fast implementation”.
When the child is young it can be somewhat scary and off putting to enter a doctors office while not feeling well wanting only to rest in the comfort of ones own home. Given this alternative, more people might be inclined to access immediate medical care. Who knows, we might actually get a handle on all the absences caused by colds and flu.