Though “doctor on call” may conjure images of a black medical bag and a knock on your door, today’s on-call doctor can mean something entirely different. Provider services are shifting from waiting for patients to arrive for care within a clinic and expanding to serve people beyond medical facilities. In an age of advancing technology, more and more patients are demanding personalized services from the comfort of their own home or on their own schedule. Choosing a provider is also more selective and personal as patient access expands. In an attempt to address a healthcare system that doesn't always serve everyone equally well, some providers are trying to bridge the gaps by offering their services via traditional house-calls and telehealth communications.
This article will focus on two on-call home services--Heal and DispatchHealth--and three on-call telehealth services--MAVEN Project, MyTelemedicine and Teladoc.
Doctor On Call Services
On-call home health provider services are great for the individuals needing medical attention who are limited in mobility, but who are also looking for convenience and comfort. Most everyone has had the miserable experience of waiting in an after-hours on-call clinic or emergency room. After an incredibly long wait, it feels as if you many leave sicker than when you arrived. A couple of online services are now providing on-call home medical visits for those who need the help (and who also don’t necessarily need to leave home). Access is not nationwide, so check to see if the service is available in your city.
On Call Teleservices
For individuals that still require services, but live too remote for house visits, telehealth services are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, telehealth services are providing healthcare access to millions of patients nationwide. Yes, millions!
The Future of On-Call Technology
Though emergency room and clinic visits are always going to be important, there are a lot of ailments and concerns that can be addressed with on-call visits and telehealth services. Not only can these innovations reduce the cost of treatment, they can help doctors reach underserved populations and save time and energy on both ends.
If waiting in a germ-infested emergency room sounds like something you would rather not do, try out an online, on-call doctor (either to chat or to come to your desired destination). You may be surprised how convenient, cost-effective, and worthwhile the experience will be.
About the Author
Carevoyance contributor Sarah Pike, M.B.A., is a freelance marketing copywriter based in San Diego. She enjoys writing about business, fashion, food, healthcare, leadership, motivation and technology.