Doctor On Demand Brings Next Generation Telemedicine to Alaska
New State Law Enables More Americans to Benefit from Company’s Video Visits with Board Certified Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists
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San Francisco, CA (September 21, 2016) — Beginning today, Alaska residents will have access to video visits with Doctor On Demand’s board-certified doctors without traveling to a doctor’s office. A new law expanding access to telemedicine in Alaska went into effect this week, which enables Doctor On Demand to operate in the state. Doctor On Demand is now available to patients in 49 states.
Doctor On Demand is rated by patients as the highest-rated telemedicine provider. Doctor On Demand is available both directly to consumers and also to tens of millions of Americans through their employers or health plans.
“Even in 2016, many Americans still struggle to get the healthcare they need, when they need it. The average wait time to see a physician in the U.S. is three weeks,” said Hill Ferguson, CEO of Doctor On Demand. “At Doctor On Demand, we believe that telemedicine can be a new front door to healthcare, providing affordable and high quality healthcare to those who need it. It is exciting to see state legislatures share that view and are expanding access to telemedicine to more people.”
State leaders across the U.S. are increasingly encouraging telemedicine use. Last month, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed SB 74 into law, a Medicaid reform bill that expands patient access to telemedicine services in the state. The bill was sponsored by State Sen. Pete Kelly of Fairbanks. Alaska faces unique challenges to accessing healthcare due to a physician shortage, the state’s size, and the physical distance between patients and providers. For example, in Alaska, Medicaid-related travel consumes a large amount of state and federal resources. The passing of SB 74 is expected to save the state more than $31 million in fiscal year 2017, with that figure jumping up to $114 million by 2022.
With more Americans embracing services like Doctor On Demand, the telemedicine market in the U.S. is growing rapidly and expected to swell to $4.5 billion by 2018. Employers are taking notice. According to a report from the National Business Group on Health and Towers Watson, nearly half of all U.S. employers offer telemedicine services today, up from 28 percent in 2013. By 2018, 90 percent of employers could be offering telemedicine.
The growing number of telemedicine users is boosted by rapid adoption by employers and health plans as part of their benefits design. Doctor On Demand serves hundreds of major corporate customers — including employers, such as Comcast, and health plans, such as UnitedHealthcare. Those organizations embrace telemedicine as a key component of their effort to deliver high-quality healthcare to employees and members while decreasing overall healthcare spending. Doctor On Demand seamlessly integrates with existing health plans and offers a user-friendly experience that benefits both the benefits administrator and the employee.
“About half of all Americans still rely on their employer for their health coverage,” Ferguson said. “More and more companies are realizing that telemedicine, when done right, can offer overall cost-savings while providing employees new options for high-quality care.”
Doctor On Demand is not only delivering the next generation of telemedicine, but aims to be the next generation of medicine. The company offers easy and cost-effective video consultations with board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, and licensed psychologists, delivered through patients’ smartphones or computers in an easy-to-use application. During a Doctor On Demand video visit, the company's board-certified physicians perform a medical exam, seeing and hearing patients to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment.
About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand provides video visits with board-certified physicians and psychiatrists, and doctorate-level psychologists via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Patients simply download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a summary of the reason for their visit, and are connected to a provider licensed in their state for a video visit. Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health systems, health plans, and directly to consumers. Through these partnerships, tens of millions of Americans have in-network or subsidized access to Doctor On Demand. Consumers rate Doctor On Demand as the best telemedicine provider. The company has three times more 5-star app reviews than its major competitors combined. To learn more, visit www.doctorondemand.com.