Doctor On Demand today announced its support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) three-year $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program that will expand the delivery of virtual health services to a broad range of Americans who lack access to sustained, quality care.
According to the FCC, “advances in broadband-enabled telehealth technologies are allowing patients to receive medical care outside of hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities and reducing burdens on patients and the nation’s healthcare system.”
Through the wider deployment and use of broadband connectivity, key elements of virtual care – from home-based video visits, to ongoing remote monitoring, to secure online access to patient records – are enabled and collectively provide higher quality care to a wider and more diverse population of patients.
“The FCC’s proposed pilot program charts exactly the right course in the drive to bring health care to veterans, rural residents, low-income Americans, Indian Health Services users, and the scores of others who are underserved by the traditional model of health care delivery,” Hill Ferguson, CEO of Doctor On Demand, said. “Solving the need for millions of Americans to have access to high-quality primary and behavioral health care won’t be easy, but the FCC’s initiative is a terrific start and well thought-out public policy.”
Research makes clear that healthcare outcomes and costs in the U.S. are strongly linked to the availability of primary care physicians and a continuum of care. Nevertheless, 30 percent of American adults and 45 percent of millennials lack a primary care physician. Virtual doctor-patient engagement overcomes this divide and drives broader access to care via the opportunity for early intervention and treatment that yields lower premium costs for high-value coverage.
About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, is reimagining what healthcare looks like for today’s world. Doctor on Demand’s nationwide healthcare platform puts the patient first by providing access to board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and a care coordination team via video visits, voice and messaging. Doctor On Demand has a satisfaction rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars across the iTunes store and Google Play, and has become the virtual care provider of choice for hundreds of enterprise customers, including four of the Fortune 10 companies, and over two dozen health plan partners. Through its mobile application and website, consumers can access quality care in all 50 states with an average wait time of 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health plans, and directly to consumers. While insurance isn’t required, tens of millions of Americans enjoy covered medical and behavioral health visits, including full mind and body services: preventive care, chronic care, urgent care, and behavioral health.
Doctor On Demand’s mission is to improve the world’s health through compassionate care and innovation. It is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. To access Doctor On Demand, download the app (iTunes or Google Play) or visit www.doctorondemand.com.