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HealthSpot and CareSource Team to Improve Access to Healthcare

Managed Care company creates value for Medicaid members, increasing access to care through HealthSpot telehealth platform.

Dublin, OH — August 19, 2014 – HealthSpot®, a pioneer in patient and provider driven healthcare technology, and CareSource, an Ohio nonprofit managed care company dedicated to meeting the needs of healthcare consumers for more than 25 years, announced an agreement to increase access to quality healthcare for CareSource Medicaid, CareSource Just4Me and MyCare Ohio members.

HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station. The stations connect patients to medical providers from a variety of Ohio’s health systems including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals. For the past 18 months, these providers and others have been using the stations for diagnosis of high frequency illnesses, such as the flu and upper respiratory issues.

HealthSpot plans to roll out nearly 100 stations in community pharmacies across Ohio combining a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform with software in the HealthSpot station. The new HealthSpot stations will provide service to consumers including CareSource members who find the pharmacy locations easier to access instead of traveling to hospital emergency rooms or urgent care facilities for routine diagnosis. The goal is to make it convenient for Ohio residents to get the right, quality care.

HealthSpot will target geographic areas that have high emergency room visit rates and patient wait times, as identified by patient focus-groups and claim data analysis conducted by the two companies.

“Working with CareSource is key to our mission to increase access to the right quality and affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network in locations that are in the patient’s own backyard,” said Steve Cashman, CEO of HealthSpot. “HealthSpot is the first open platform that enables community providers to see patients outside their facility and truly create value for everyone in the healthcare ecosystem.”

“We are dedicated to helping our members find easier access to care. The agreement with HealthSpot allows us to connect members with providers in the most convenient locations, effectively putting quality healthcare at their immediate access,” said Steve Ringel, President Ohio Market CareSource.

HealthSpot aims to bring quality care closer to the consumer by going straight to the places they already know and frequent, the neighborhood pharmacy. The agreement is targeting national chain and independent pharmacies across Ohio.

About HealthSpot®

HealthSpot® is healthcare, reimagined. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station, digital medical devices and mobile applications. HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system by enabling the delivery of quality, affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network for patients in efficient, convenient locations like pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, employer and community sites, universities and the home. For more information on HealthSpot, go to www.healthspot.net.

The HealthSpot name and logo are registered marks of HealthSpot Inc. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About CareSource

CareSource, a nonprofit health plan is celebrating 25 years as one of the nation’s largest Managed Medicaid Plans. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio CareSource serves more than 1.2 million consumers in Ohio and Kentucky. CareSource is living its mission to provide healthcare to those who need it most. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put healthcare in reach for those it serves.

August 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Teladoc Aligns with HealthSpot to Form Strategic Partnership to Advance Telehealth Access

(LAS VEGAS) Jan. 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. EST –  Teladoc, the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider, today announced an agreement in principal on a new strategic partnership with HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven health care technology. The initiative will enhance Teladoc’s current solution with the ability to offer an on-site option through HealthSpot’s cutting-edge telehealth system that provides medical diagnostic technology in a private, walk-in kiosk: the HealthSpot™ Station.

“Teladoc’s focus is on providing options for customers to access non-emergency, primary care and HealthSpot is a great complement to our current suite of solutions,” said Jason Gorevic. “Patients’ lives have become increasingly busy and the HealthSpot Station provides our members with one more choice in how they interact with a physician – via a physical kiosk, along with our current telephone or secure video options.This offering will accelerate our vision of transforming health care by providing patients with access to affordable, high-quality care when, where, and how they want.”

This partnership, reached in principal and subject to negotiating and executing a definitive agreement, will expand Teladoc’s current telehealth solution with another access point of care for employers, health plans, health systems and patients. For clients interested in adding this component to their telehealth solution, Teladoc will offer the HealthSpot Station, an 8-foot by 5-foot, ADA accessible, fully-enclosed kiosk furnished with a touch screen, audio system, and a two-way high-definition screen that includes multiple high-tech, digital biometric devices that transmits information to doctors through a secured HIPAA-compliant connection. Teladoc’s solution will provide a seamless, integrated experience for patients, whether they access care by phone, online video, health kiosk, or an upcoming mobile video option.

“Partnering with Teladoc has proven invaluable to furthering HealthSpot’s mission,” said Steve Cashman, founder and CEO of HealthSpot. “With the HealthSpot Station adding a new platform for Teladoc’s vast network of state licensed, board-certified providers, we are able to extend the reach of care to patients who cannot access the care they require in a timely fashion. This creates an incredible opportunity by presenting an innovative solution to combat barriers to broad adoption of telehealth.”

Teladoc’s service may be used when a patient is unable to visit their doctor, such as after office hours, and is not a replacement for their primary care physician. Through the service, patients may receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, ear infection for adults and children and other conditions. Physicians may also write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances if medically appropriate.

About Teladoc

Founded in 2002, Teladoc is the nation’s first and largest provider of telehealth services. With 5 million members nationwide and an average response time of 16 minutes, Teladoc enhances access to affordable, high-quality medical care for adults and children via videoconferencing or telephone consultations. The U.S.-based, board-certified physicians meet or exceed National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards and delivers a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate. Teladoc partners with payers, corporations, organizations and patients that seek accessible and affordable high-quality medical care. Additionally, through its TeladocConnect service, physicians are able to offer the convenience of Teladoc and provide their patients with a high level of care around the clock.For more information, please visit www.Teladoc.com or www.TeladocConnect.com.

About HealthSpot™

HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, turnkey system called the HealthSpot™ Station which enables patient access to medical diagnostics from board certified doctors via high definition video conferencing and interactive, digital telehealth tools. An innovative approach to the integration of telehealth and acute care, HealthSpot uses digital technology to empower doctors and specialists to provide care that is smarter, simpler and within anyone’s reach.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

OrthoNOW to Offer Activ Doctors Online Personal Health Records and E-Consultations as Standard Service Offering

MIAMI, Florida – October 24, 2012 – Activ Doctors Online, a global telemedicine innovator that offers a complete suite of telemedicine solutions in one unique integrated web-based platform, today announced a partnership with OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care practice that provides immediate care on a walk-in basis for patients with sprains, broken bones and other orthopedic-related injuries. OrthoNOW will offer Personal Health Records (PHRs) and E-Consultations to patients through ACTIV’s PHR Platinum package.

ACTIV’s PHR Platinum will allow OrthoNOW patients to track and access their medical records and health information securely at ActivDoctorsOnline.com. Using the added Medical Records Assistance (MRA) feature, OrthoNOW patients can also have the system request and upload data on their behalf from selected physicians.

Empowered by access to medical records, ACTIV’s PHR Platinum also offers OrthoNOW patients the option of making routine check-ups through e-consultations rather than by a visit to the doctor’s office, which can be inconvenient and costly for some. OrthoNOW in Miami sees roughly 6,000 follow-up patients a year, with franchises planned to open in up to 13 states in the short term. E-consults help to manage the patient healthcare costs and scheduling challenges of a continuous treatment plan.

“OrthoNOW recognizes that advances in how doctors and patients communicate have valuable benefits in establishing new relationships and in efficiently managing care throughout long-term treatment,” said Dr. Alejandro Badia, Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW. “Activ Doctors Online gives our patients access to the right information about their health and the ability to carry out a treatment plan, at their convenience, with our specialist physicians.”

“This is an exemplary partnership that illustrates how Activ Doctors is empowering people with control over their health destiny,” said Activ Doctors Online Founder and Chief Executive Officer Florent Monssoh. “OrthoNOW patients will save time and money while producing the best possible outcomes for health conditions that are often quite serious. We are also honored to have Dr. Badia, a world renowned orthopedist, as an integral part of our global network of specialists.”

To find out more about how organizations and consumers can take control of their health destiny through Activ Doctors Online’s Web-based information and telemedicine platform, call 888-51-ACTIV or visit www.activdoctorsonline.com.

About Activ Doctors Online

The Activ Doctors Online personal health records system and suite of telemedicine solutions help people and organizations reduce their healthcare costs while better managing their healthcare to save money, time and even lives.  The company provides a secure, user-friendly portal for individuals and families to control their health information through professionally managed Personal Health Records. Members can also use the portal to access a network of more than 1,500 physician specialists for second medical opinions, and to connect with their primary physicians through e-consult.  Global operations encompass the U.S., Europe and Asia.

November 18, 2012 I Written By

More U.S. Doctors Leaving Private Practice Due to Rising Costs and Technology Mandates, Accenture Report Finds

As we approach a very important election this week, healthcare is still an uncertain future. Patients, physicians and health systems are still trying to navigate this new and ever changing landscape.

Last week, Accenture announced a new report that reveals partly due to the IT costs associated with expensive technology mandates, physicians are increasingly leaving private practice for more secure employment with larger hospital systems. In fact, Accenture predicts that by the end of 2013, the number of independent physicians will drop to 36 percent (down from 57 percent in 2000). And for those who do not decide to remain independent, one in three physicians will begin offering subscription-based services such as concierge medicine in order to sustain profits.

More U.S. Doctors Leaving Private Practice Due to Rising Costs and Technology Mandates, Accenture Report Finds
By 2013, only 36 percent of doctors are projected to remain independent while subscription-based services for patients continue to increase

ARLINGTON, Va; Oct. 31, 2012 – An increasing number of U.S. doctors are expected to leave private practice for hospital employment over the next 18 months, due to rising costs and technology mandates, according to a new report from Accenture. By the end of 2013, Accenture also estimates that one-in-three doctors remaining independent will offer patients with subscription-based services, such as telemedicine or online consultations, for sustaining profit – a trend that is expected to increase three-fold over the next three years.

Over the past decade, the number of independent U.S. physicians has dropped dramatically, from 57 percent in 2000 to 39 percent in 2012. By the end of 2013, Accenture predicts this number will likely drop further, to 36 percent, and is 3.6 percent lower than Accenture’s 2011 report. The Accenture findings resulted from extensive market analysis on U.S. physician employment and a survey of 204 physicians in independent practice that was conducted in May 2012.

Among the other key findings of the survey:

The majority (87 percent) of physicians surveyed cited the cost and expense of running a business as a chief concern.
Most doctors (65 percent) joining health systems said they expect to make the same or less compensation than in private practice.
Sixty-one percent cited business operations as a main reason for seeking hospital employment rather than remaining independent.
More than half of doctors (53 percent) cited electronic medical record requirements as a main reason for leaving private practice.
“More independent physicians are offering subscription-based services as a way for patients to customize their care experience,” said Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., who leads Accenture’s North America health industry. “Meanwhile, patients appreciate the opportunity to supplement their existing coverage with premium, subscription-based services, such as same-day appointments and online prescription refills.”

Learn more about Accenture’s Insight Driven Health.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with 257,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

November 5, 2012 I Written By

Activ Doctors Online Partners with Network of 30 Hospitals in France for Transplant Patient Telemedicine Services

Goals:  Easier Access for 30,000 transplant patients; $250 Million in Savings

MIAMI, October 1, 2012 – Activ Doctors Online, a global telemedicine innovator that offers personal health records, second medical opinions and e-consults all in one unique integrated web-based platform, has announced that it has partnered with the Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris network of 30 government-owned hospitals in France to provide telemedicine services for their transplant patients.

“Activ Doctors Online telemedicine solutions will save our patients time and money associated with trips to the hospital, allowing them to check in with their physicians from the comfort of their homes for some of their follow up care,” said Professor Francois Durand, MD, Director of Hepatology and Liver Intensive Care of Paris-based hospital Hôpitaux Beaujon, a member of the hospital network. “And the hospitals can maintain continuity of care for transplant patients while reducing the number of in-person hospital visits by up to one-third, providing an estimated savings of about $250 million annually in the cost of follow up care for the 30,000 transplant patients in the network.”

“Currently, transplant patients average approximately two visits per month for follow up care at the hospitals,” according to Professor Durand, at a average cost of 3,000 Euros per hospital visit (about $3,600 U.S.)

“This marks an important milestone in advancing the Activ Doctors Online mission to change the face of the world’s healthcare by providing people with more control of their medical records and access to the world’s best specialists,” said Activ Doctors Online Founder and Chief Executive Officer Florent Monssoh.  “We are passionate about empowering people to control their health destiny with more intelligent, secure information management tools and easy access to medical experts,” he said, noting that Activ Doctors Online was the first provider to introduce telemedicine services to France.

“We have long been concerned that the barriers to visit transplant specialists would discourage people from getting the follow-up they really need to ensure that their transplants are successful,” stated Dr. Howard Zahalsky, U.S. Medical Director of Activ Doctors Online.

“This important partnership will allow for better access to health care for patients throughout France.  For the first time, patients have the option to get laboratory tests and clinic visits done via the Activ Doctors Online platform, rather than making an extended visit to the hospital.”

To find out more about how organizations and consumers can take control of their health destiny through Activ Doctors Online’s Web-based information and telemedicine platform, call 888-51-ACTIV or visit www.activdoctorsonline.com.
About Activ Doctors Online

The Activ Doctors Online personal health records system and suite of telemedicine solutions help people and organizations reduce their healthcare costs while better managing their healthcare to save money, time and even lives.  The company provides a secure, user-friendly portal for individuals and families to control their health information through professionally managed Personal Health Records. Members can also use the portal to access a network of more than 1,500 physician specialists for second medical opinions, and to connect with their primary physicians through e-consult.  Global operations encompass the U.S., Europe and Asia.
About Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris

The largest university hospital in Europe, Public Assistance Hospitals of Paris is the University Hospital of the Ile de France. Providing community care to support the most serious emergencies and rare diseases, AP-HP meets the needs of millions of patients annually.

AP-HP trains thousands of professionals and conducts numerous research projects and teaching programs to shape the future of medicine, and exports its medical and paramedical expertise around the world. United by a common goal of excellence, the 90,000 professionals of AP-HP aim to provide sustainable care for all patients and their families, regardless of their diseases and their resources. We cared for 7 million patients in 2011, and conducted more than 2,700 research projects.

Serving an area of some 12 million residents, the AP-HP offers a network of 37 hospitals in 12 hospital groups.

October 29, 2012 I Written By

CHS and Partners HealthCare Bring Real-Time Specialist Services to Large Employers Nationwide

Collaboration Gives CHS Clients Access to High Quality Health Specialists – Within the Onsite Health Center Setting

RESTON, VA. – July 23, 2012 - CHS Health Services, Inc. (CHS), a national workforce health management company specializing in onsite health care solutions, has created a strategic partnership with Boston-based Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare and an innovator in moving care from the hospital and doctor’s office to the day-to-day lives of patients. The two will jointly market their services nationally to deliver specialty care from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston using information technology to help patients access expert specialty healthcare providers in the Partners HealthCare network, to improve care, resulting in reduced overall employer healthcare costs.

The agreement adds a robust Tele-Specialty component to CHS’ portfolio of employee health services, giving its Fortune 1,000 clients and their workforces broader access to health care, beyond services provided in their actual Onsite Health Centers. For example, with the Center for Connected Health’s telemedicine capabilities CHS will be able to provide its patients with quick and convenient specialist consultations through the Partners Online Specialty Consultations (POSC) system. POSC is a web-based application that enables consumers and their physicians to have “anytime, anywhere” access to the knowledge base of the 4,000+ specialists located at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

“Our partnership with the Center for Connected Health will provide our patients with greater access to medical specialty resources,” said Stuart Clark, president of CHS. “We are pleased to collaborate with the prestigious Center for Connected Health and anticipate the benefits to include improved patient behavior, improved patient compliance, earlier diagnosis and intervention, all from one of the most reputable organizations in healthcare – Partners.”

CHS anticipates the partnership to begin with some of its Fortune 500 clients, particularly those with employees in remote office locations who don’t have in-person access to the onsite health center.

The Center for Connected Health is an innovator in many areas including remote home monitoring and between-visit care with programs in heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, other chronic conditions, and technology-enabled access to specialist care.

“We are committed to improving the quality and accessibility of specialized health care and expert second opinions via our Partners Online Specialty Consultation services, and support the strides made by CHS in setting the standard for onsite care,” said Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, founder and director at the Center for Connected Health. “Our partnership will give more patients access to leading medical specialists in the Partners network, to address a range of health conditions, provide expert second opinions and ultimately, improve clinical outcomes.”

Today’s announcement illustrates CHS’ commitment to provide more meaningful, effective and higher quality health care to patients, as well as to reducing costs for corporations and providing a significant employment benefit.  According to the American Telemedicine Association, the rapidly growing fundamental benefits of telemedicine include: improved access, cost efficiencies, and patient demand. CHS is active in industry groups dedicated to setting quality standards in onsite care.

About CHS Health Services, Inc.

Founded in 1975, CHS™ is one of the industry’s largest independent provider of onsite health care solutions. The country’s largest corporations look to CHS for workforce health and productivity management services including onsite primary care, health coaching, pharmacy services, and connected health for dispersed workforces nationwide. As an independent provider of workforce health care, CHS offers an objective viewpoint that, combined with its deep analytical approach to employee health, helps maximize the effectiveness of every health care dollar spent, while ensuring employees have the best treatment options. CHS tailors health care delivery to employers’ overarching benefits strategies and supports each organization with integrated health information systems. Visit www.CHSonsite.com or call 800-638-8083.

About The Center for Connected Health

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, is creating effective, new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Our programs use a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. The Center also offers expert online second opinions, virtual visits, and engages in innovative research to uncover new models for better care.The Center’s Consulting Services assist companies, providers and other organizations to learn more about entering the connected health space and to prepare products and services for integration into the healthcare delivery system. Visit www.connected-health.org.

Boston-based Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system also includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners is a nonprofit organization. Visit www.partners.org.

August 5, 2012 I Written By

Consult A Doctor Names Jack Karabees President

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers and large employers, today announced the appointment of Jack Karabees as the company’s president, effective July 1, 2012. In his new role as president, Karabees will be responsible for delivering against the company’s updated 2012 business plan, improving sales, expanding markets and adding a level of practical operational experience and an understanding of the financial markets to bring the company to the next level of profitable growth.

Telemedicine Innovator Announces New President; Will Lead Company Growth and Expansion

Miami, July 16, 2012— Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers and large employers, today announced the appointment of Jack Karabees as the company’s president, effective July 1, 2012. Over his four-year association with Consult A Doctor, Karabees has served in several roles, including corporate development, corporate finance and sales and marketing. Most recently, Karabees served as Consult A Doctor’s senior vice president. Karabees has spent the past 25 years successfully executing high-growth sales, marketing, operational, and financial plans for early-stage and mid-market healthcare and technology companies.

“As a result of healthcare reform and recent government initiatives related to healthcare technology, Consult A Doctor has seen unprecedented demand for our innovative, next generation telemedicine technology and services,” said Wolf Shlagman, founder and CEO, Consult A Doctor. “In response to this demand, it is imperative that we have proven leaders managing our business strategy and overseeing operations. As such, we welcome Jack’s experience and leadership to this new position. Jack’s results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in extending our track record of innovation, while helping us substantially increase revenue.”

In his new role as president, Karabees will be responsible for delivering against the company’s updated 2012 business plan, improving sales, expanding markets and adding a level of practical operational experience and an understanding of the financial markets to bring the company to the next level of profitable growth.

Prior to joining Consult A Doctor, Karabees held the title of principal and managing director of corporate finance with CP Capital Securities, a Miami-based, healthcare-oriented investment banking firm. Karabees was recruited into the banking industry following several years at eLabor, a Los Angeles-based labor and project management technology company with substantial healthcare interests, where he led sales and marketing from early-stage through its bi-divisional acquisitions by Microsoft and ADP.

Karabees served honorably in the United States Air Force, is a contributor to and board member of the Enterprise Development Corporation of Florida, and is the co-founder of the Miami Innovation Fund, dedicated to funding seed-stage companies in Miami and Dade County, Florida.

About Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology platform solutions empowering organizations to lower healthcare costs, provide revolutionary access and improve outcomes. With years of experience delivering direct-to-employer and consumer telemedicine services that offer convenient 24/7 access to doctor consultations by phone, email and video, Consult a Doctor has saved employers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs.  Its telemedicine network of U.S. board certified physicians in all 50 states has made it possible to give on-demand care, anytime, anywhere with access to care in the lowest cost setting. Consult A Doctor is further transforming the economic equation of care by partnering with payers, providers, health systems and other organizations to deploy TeleCare 3.0, its telemedicine services delivery platform that grants its members and patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit www.consultadr.com, email telecare@consultadr.com or call 888-688-DOCT (3628).

July 23, 2012 I Written By

Consult A Doctor Named Co-Winner of IBM SmartCamp KickStart Miami Healthcare Event; Accelerates Telemedicine Revolution

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services, platform and mobile solutions, today announced that it was selected as a winner of the IBM SmartCamp KickStart Miami event.

Cloud-Based Telemedicine Platform Demonstrates Its Power to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Access; Consult A Doctor Participates in SmartCamp Boston

Miami, June 19, 2012 — Consult A Doctor, an innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services, platform and mobile solutions, today announced that it was selected as a winner of the IBM SmartCamp KickStart Miami event. IBM SmartCamp KickStarts are a global series of events aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs that share the campaign’s vision of building a smarter planet via technological innovation. Consult A Doctor will now participate in the IBM SmartCamp event in Boston on June 21, 2012.

At the SmartCamp KickStart event, Consult A Doctor’s founder and CEO, Wolf Shlagman, delivered a presentation to a panel of judges explaining how the company’s telemedicine platform and service represents revolutionary innovation during this time of challenges and change in healthcare.

Specifically, Shlagman presented TeleCare 3.0, the company’s cloud-based telemedicine platform that powers Consult A Doctor 24/7, the nation’s only telemedicine service that offers 24/7 access to board-certified physicians in all 50 states via phone, secure email, video and app – all in a matter of seconds. The HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform allows the Consult A Doctor 24/7 service to be configured to meet the needs of employer groups, health plans, hospitals, health systems and providers, enabling a quick, convenient and secure connection to quality healthcare. The innovative technology has saved employers and payers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs, while simultaneously adding millions of dollars of productivity to the bottom line by helping keep employees at work and healthy.

“We are honored to have been named a SmartCamp KickStart Miami winner for our innovation, especially from a true technology giant like IBM, the largest IT company in the world. This underscores the achievement and validates that the market is awakening and ready to embrace our vision for a smarter, stronger, healthier world via telemedicine,” said Shlagman. “For years we have been passionately committed to the assertion that telemedicine is the game changer in healthcare – a solution that will provide fast, convenient and affordable access for all to quality healthcare 24/7/365.”

“Congratulations to the team at Consult A Doctor for their impressive presentation and results at the IBM SmartCamp KickStart event in Miami,” said Martin Kelly, SmartCamp program director, IBM. “These events are one of the key ways IBM is accelerating growth among startup companies to help uncover and nurture innovative new solutions to address a variety of societal challenges.”

Consult A Doctor will now participate in the IBM SmartCamp event in Boston where executives will demonstrate how the company’s innovative telemedicine platform’s intelligence can solve some of the healthcare industry’s most pressing challenges via more effective and convenient access to quality healthcare in an appropriate level of care setting, all while reducing the cost of care for all healthcare constituents.

The company named the winner of IBM SmartCamp Boston event will earn an invitation to the SmartCamp Global Finals to compete against startups around the world.

About Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology platform solutions empowering organizations to lower healthcare costs, provide revolutionary access and improve outcomes. With years of experience delivering direct-to-employer and consumer telemedicine services that offer convenient 24/7 access to doctor consultations by phone, email and video, Consult a Doctor has saved employers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs, and added millions of dollars of productivity to the bottom line by helping keep employees at work and healthy. Its telemedicine network of U.S. board certified physicians in all 50 states has made it possible to give on-demand care, anytime, anywhere with access to medically-equivalent care in the lowest cost setting. Consult A Doctor is further transforming the economic equation of care by partnering with payers, providers and other organizations to deploy its telemedicine platform solution that grants its members and patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit www.consultadoctor.com, email telecare@consultadr.com or call 888-688-DOCTOR (3628).

July 7, 2012 I Written By

Consult A Doctor Brings 24/7 Medical Consultations to the iPhone with iDr 24/7, the World’s First, Most Complete Telemedicine App

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the availability iDr 24/7, the first complete telemedicine application designed for the iPhone that instantly connects mobile users with board certified physicians, from anywhere, at any time, with the click of a button. At the core of the new mobile app is TeleCare 3.0, an industry proven telemedicine platform that provides real-time access to the company’s on-call provider network by phone, secure email and video chat. This powerful, intuitive app will shift care from traditional, high-cost care settings, like doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics or emergency departments, to more appropriate settings of care, ultimately reducing the overall cost of care while delivering better outcomes and improving ROI for all healthcare constituents, including employers, groups, health plans, providers and health systems.

Pioneering Mobile App Leverages the Country’s Largest National Provider Network to Provide 24/7 Access to Physicians from the Click of a Button

Miami, June 6, 2012— Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the availability iDr 24/7, the first complete telemedicine application designed for the iPhone that instantly connects mobile users with board certified physicians, from anywhere, at any time, with the click of a button. At the core of the new mobile app is TeleCare 3.0, an industry proven telemedicine platform that provides real-time access to the company’s on-call provider network by phone, secure email and video chat. This powerful, intuitive app will shift care from traditional, high-cost care settings, like doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics or emergency departments, to more appropriate settings of care, ultimately reducing the overall cost of care while delivering better outcomes and improving ROI for all healthcare constituents, including employers, groups, health plans, providers and health systems.

iDr 24/7 will be available to individuals that have a membership to the Consult A Doctor 24/7 service through their employer or health plan. The mobile app will enable members to connect with network physicians via phone and secure email messaging for live, on-demand medical consultations, including medical diagnosis, treatment, and if appropriate, prescriptions to certain medications to treat non-emergent conditions. Later in the year, the app will be made more broadly available to additional groups and their members, providers and their patients in both the practice and hospital setting as well as health plans and members.

With iDr 24/7, members will have access to My Personal Health Manager, a mobile extension of Consult A Doctor’s award winning health portal offering powerful capabilities like:
•       My Consult Center – with one tap members can connect with a doctor in as little as 90 seconds, get a priority call back in under 30 minutes or schedule an appointment that is convenient for them.
•       My Message Center – allows members to securely message a doctor anytime, from anywhere, all from the convenience of an iPhone.
•       My Health Center – gives members the same expansive health content and patient education solutions offered by the largest health plans, hospitals and health content portals in the world. Like WebMd, My Health Center includes comprehensive content on a range of topics including conditions, symptoms, medications, first aid and access to support groups, empowering members to be healthy, stay healthy or get healthier.

“The fact is 90% of adults in the U.S. have mobile phones and the majority of these adults have their mobile phones within reach 24/7,” said Wolf Shlagman, founder and CEO, Consult A Doctor. “At Consult A Doctor we aspire to leverage our mobile technology to further reduce healthcare costs for the healthcare community. As agents of change, we are moving rapidly to deliver on the demand for faster, easier, more connected care by eliminating traditional barriers to care, such as geographic proximity to medical professionals and the high cost of care. Our design is intuitive and built for adding value for all of the organizations we partner with, including employers, groups, health plans, hospitals, clinics and providers.”

iDr 24/7 is an extension of the Consult A Doctor 24/7 service which is powered by TeleCare 3.0, a cloud-based platform that meets the highest standards for security and privacy, and has been fundamental in accelerating Consult A Doctor’s efforts to transform access and affordability in healthcare. The company currently provides configurable versions of its telemedicine platform including Consult A Doctor 24/7 for groups and employers as well as MyHealthPlan 24/7, MyPractice 24/7, MyHospital 24/7 and MyClinic 24/7.

“Telemedicine is rapidly transforming and revolutionizing healthcare at a velocity that is creating a high demand for solutions like Consult A Doctor’s to be integrated into every aspect of healthcare,” said Shlagman. “Much like Minute Clinic’s growth, which rose from less than 100,000 visits in 2006 to over 10 million visits in late 2011, we realistically foresee 100 million individuals per year accessing virtual care services and transactions by 2015. Our revolutionary, cloud-based TeleCare 3.0 telemedicine services delivery platform is proving that we can deliver faster access to quality care at the lowest cost, all the while improving outcomes for payers, hospitals, providers, employers and consumers. Consult A Doctor’s goal is to be the ‘Intel Inside’ of healthcare, powering simple, reliable and fast healthcare access and delivery for tens of millions.”

Consult A Doctor plans to roll out the app to other smart phones, including the Android, later this year.

About Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology platform solutions empowering organizations to lower healthcare costs, provide revolutionary access and improve outcomes. With years of experience delivering direct-to-employer and consumer telemedicine services that offer convenient 24/7 access to doctor consultations by phone, email and video, Consult a Doctor has saved employers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs.  Its telemedicine network of U.S. board certified physicians in all 50 states has made it possible to give on-demand care, anytime, anywhere with access to care in the lowest cost setting. Consult A Doctor is further transforming the economic equation of care by partnering with payers, providers, health systems and other organizations to deploy TeleCare 3.0, its telemedicine services delivery platform that grants its members and patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit www.consultadr.com, email telecare@consultadr.com or call 888-688-DOCT (3628).

June 25, 2012 I Written By

Philips and Vidyo Collaborate for Enterprise-Wide Deployment of Next-Generation Telehealth Services

System Optimization Will Enhance Care and Streamline Workflow

Andover, Mass., and Hackensack, N.J. – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG,  AEX: PHI) and Vidyo are collaborating to offer health system providers an approach for extending telehealth solutions across the enterprise to improve patient care and clinician workflow while also reducing costs. Enterprise-wide deployment of these next-generation telehealth services will require scalable and flexible advanced video technology to adapt to the full range of clinical workstations and mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Philips enterprise telehealth solutions will incorporate remote physiologic monitoring, advanced clinical decision support, and Vidyo’s Adaptive Video Layering Technology™, into a powerful clinical platform for communications and collaboration. This interoperable platform, based on the proven eICU® program, will aggregate clinical informatics solutions designed to improve the quality of patient care, and key performance indicators such as patient mortality, length of stay, hospital-acquired infections, and hospital readmissions across health system enterprises.

“We are excited to collaborate with Vidyo to leverage its cutting-edge telepresence technologies to enhance the flexibility and scalability of our telehealth solutions,” said Mike Mancuso, senior vice president & general manager, Enterprise Patient Informatics Solutions and Patient Monitoring Systems, for Philips Healthcare. “Philips is committed to working with industry leaders to better address healthcare needs by expanding telehealth services beyond the ICU, as well as externally to remote clinics, physician offices, and into the home.”

Vidyo’s unique Adaptive Video Layering Technology dynamically optimizes the video for each endpoint.  By continuously monitoring the performance of the underlying network and capabilities of endpoint devices, video streams are adapted in real-time to optimize communications.   The Vidyo Application Programming Interface (API) supports greater customization and integration of telehealth solutions into clinical work flows.  Additionally, solutions can be deployed on both private and public networks, using standard off-the-shelf hardware — allowing for simple, cost-effective implementation and maintenance.

“The collaboration between Philips and Vidyo is not only a boon to our respective companies, but to the telehealth industry, in general,” said Dr. Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. “Telehealth has now come of age, driven by global demand and, in the U.S., empowered by new laws and legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). There is an ever-increasing need for easier access to affordable, high-quality telehealth which the Philips-Vidyo platform will uniquely satisfy. Healthcare providers and patients alike will benefit from this solution’s extremely natural interaction experience, enabled by the very low latency of Vidyo’s technology. This high-quality experience enhances the remote physician – patient interaction, promoting a higher level of patient trust.”

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Vidyo, Inc.

Vidyo, Inc., pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions.  Vidyo for Healthcare™ eliminates the access, performance and cost issues of traditional systems that require expensive MCU equipment and dedicated QoS.  With its amazing quality, unmatched accessibility and market-shifting cost-efficiency, Vidyo for Healthcare (see video) provides hospitals, specialized medical centers and physician clinics with low latency telepresence-quality video conferencing from any mobile, desktop or room-based endpoint over the Internet, WiFi and 4G networks.  Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

The VIDYO logo is a registered trademark of Vidyo, Inc.  VIDYO and the trademarks of the VIDYO family of products are trademarks of Vidyo, Inc.  eICU is a registered trademark  of Philips.  All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

May 8, 2012 I Written By