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Diagnostic testing brought into the home increases telemedicine usage: the strep club
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Diagnostic testing brought into the home increases telemedicine usage: the strep club
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Patients are longing for convenient, high-quality care for low acuity conditions like sore throat, flu and urinary tract infection. Ideally, patients could get diagnosed and treated for such conditions... Read more

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Patients are longing for convenient, high-quality care for low acuity conditions like sore throat, flu and urinary tract infection. Ideally, patients could get diagnosed and treated for such conditions without leaving their homes, for less than the cost of a co-pay. Although the telemedicine explosion has offered a partial solution, most services are rudimentary and lack diagnostic testing, which leads to underutilization of telemedicine, and in-person follow up visits.

Due to decreasing reimbursements and increased demands on medical providers, they too are in the market for an evolution in efficiency of patient care. They need a telemedicine system that allows them to diagnose and treat a patient, document the encounter, and write prescriptions within minutes, while minimizing liability. There is currently no comprehensive system that increases value, by increasing quality, saving time and reducing cost.

What if there was a home-strep test? Or a home flu test?

Just as easy to use as a home-pregnancy test, this one-step test tells you with near certainty whether your sore throat is viral (needing grandma’s chicken soup and perhaps a prescription for comfort measures) or bacterial (requiring antibiotics.) If you do need antibiotics, you don’t need to call your physician and make an apt or go into the ER or urgent care. Simply log in to the website listed on the box, upload a photo of your positive test, and a prescription will be waiting for you at the pharmacy. Still want to talk directly to the board certified physician? Not a problem!! That is always an option, for a small additional fee. But your entire encounter costs less than an average insurance copay.

Forty-five percent of people surveyed said they would trust a virtual diagnosis less, while 29.3 percent said they wouldn’t trust a virtual diagnosis at all. That means approximately 75 percent of people either wouldn’t trust a diagnosis made via telemedicine, or would trust it less than one that was made in-person. This leads to underutilization of telemedicine services.

48% of execs say they are more concerned with convincing doctors about the credibility of the telemedicine. 41% of respondents said they are not reimbursed at all for telemedicine services and 21% are receiving lower rates from managed care companies for telemedicine than in person care.

Lack of reliable physical exam, objective diagnostic testing and credibility lead to under reimbursement. We solve this problem.

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