One of the driving forces behind HIT development is providing wider access to health care services. One company, Doctor on Demand, aims to do its part by providing on-demand, digital access to physicians at low cost for both diagnosis and triage.
In an interview with Healthcare Dive, Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson spoke to the benefits of telemedicine as well as opportunities for growth in access across the industry. One of the primary drivers of telemedicine’s proliferation is urgent care. Even with more retail clinics appearing across the country, many people still go to already overburdened ERs for simple diagnoses.
What we’re focused on in the first phase is urgent care — colds, flus, rashes, etc. … It’s not all about full care through a telemedicine-type connection. It’s about getting a consultation with a medical doctor instantly.
Along with easing the burden on ERs, telemedicine is also capable of breaking down barriers to mental health care access when used effectively.
I think the number of people who need mental health in this country compared to the people that actually get it is a huge gap to close. Giving people more convenient ways to access care in the privacy and security of their own home with lower barriers to access is going to help a lot of people.