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August 2, 2010 United States of America
Telemedicine reduces the expense, eliminates the bother and time needed for people to receive the primary medical care they require. In rural America the Telemedicine effect is dramatic.
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August 2, 2010 — For Immediate Release
Telemedicine Brings Immediate Relief
Dora Johnson calls upon her neighbor or daughter whenever she needs to visit a Doctor. She suffers from high blood pressure and arthritis has wracked her legs into two misshapen appendages, which can no longer support her weight without experiencing excruciating pain. “It’s not so much the pain anymore,” explains Dora, “that is a constant. It is the embarrassment I feel when bothering other people just to get me to the doctor. After a while you just forgo the frequent doctor visits and do the best you can.”
When Dora does get her ride, she travels for thirty-five minutes to the county general hospital where she waits for two-three hours to see a physician. “All they ever do is take my blood pressure and send me home,” said Dora. It seems that “they” also check her prescriptions.
Dora and her friendly neighbor drove 50 miles and spent over four hours just to have her blood pressure checked. In addition to their expenses, the hospital billed some payor $450 – $600, inclusive of the hospital facility charges, for Dora’s visit.
This failing model of providing care is the standard in the USA today.
Dora is a now a patient of US Tele-Medicine. The Beverly Hills based operation provides care in eight states and furnishes patients with wireless remote devices that can check blood pressure, pulse, temperature and other vital signs. This data is then sent to the US Tele-Medicine EMR platform, which is accessible to Dora, her primary physician and the doctors at US Tele-Medicine.
“Why didn’t my insurance company or doctor suggest telemedicine for me?” asked Dora, “they know I have trouble getting around. Now I check my blood pressure whenever I need or when the telemedicine doctors tell me and I do it without bothering anyone or leaving the house.”
The convenience factor aside, US Tele-Medicine billed her payor about $200 for the telemedicine visit, the remote devices, and the support she receives on line 24/7. The difference is staggering. Dora’s insurance company saved about $250 – $400, Dora saved her neighborly relations, the pain she felt when moving in and out of a vehicle, she saved on gas money, and the four hours of time it once took, all to get her blood pressure checked.
Dora is just one of the thousands of patients enjoying the benefits of telemedicine in the USA. While still at an early stage of mass e-care, telemedicine and especially US Tele-Medicine have made great strides in remote sensing of vital information and the application of medical practices using the telephone, email and the Internet.
“Our focus is on a specific patient demographic,” said Gideon Ilumin, Director of Business Affairs for US Tele-Medicine. “The US Tele-Medicine business model operates at its most favorable condition when dealing with patients who are functional human beings, but suffer from some sort of chronic condition such as diabetes, obesity, allergies, even depression and require constant medical oversight.”
Ilumin continued, “These people lead full lives and the prospect of taking a day off of work or school to see a doctor is truly bothersome, leads to unnecessary absenteeism and is simply just expensive for everyone concerned: the employer, the patient and the payor.
Telemedicine removes the majority of the expense, the bother, and the time needed for these people to receive the care they require. If you are talking about rural America, then the difference, the savings and the benefits of Telemedicine are even more dramatic.”
Federal departments such as Commerce, Agriculture, Defense, and of course the HHS are funding telemedicine initiatives throughout the country. Most are smaller test groups or pilot ventures.
“Pilot programs now are a waste of time and indicative of the continued failed health care institutional thinking.” says Ilumin, “There have been countless of pilot studies for the past ten years worldwide, and all of them show the same conclusive results; patients become healthier, there is a marked decrease of hospitalization, costs for all concerned are reduced, and more patients receive more health care, than with any other model.”
Ilumin went on to say that the reason Telemedicine is slow to progress and find acceptance nationwide is medical communities themselves. Each individual institution needs original empirical data that is found acceptable by a group of doctors, while disregarding other studies not done by that institution, is slowing the acceptance of the Telemedicine process. Ilumin asked, “How often do you have to re-invent the wheel?”
Health insurers seem to be on the forefront of telemedicine, more so than the medical community. Anthem Blue Cross has published guidelines for Telemedicine Providers in their network. United healthcare is offering its services to Delta Airline employees, Blue Sheild is offering Telemedicine services to its patients in the San Fransisco bay area, and many others are launching this new product.
There are tens of millions of Dora Johnsons suffering chronic pain and individuals afflicted with conditions that allow them to function, but never live optimally. Right now these people are a drain on themselves, emotionally, spiritually and financially, a drain on payors who are shelling out excess dollars for their primary care, and on the system itself, that lacks the presence of family and managed care physicians for this population.
From all indications, the people with life-long medical conditions clog the medical structure, they disproportionately increase costs and never truly seem to obtain the level of care and support required to achieve wellness.
Tele-Medicine corrects these issues, lowers costs and provides immediate, personalized, refined and definitive health care to each person.
“My life is better, no question about that. I also feel safer and more cared for sitting in my house, than I ever did at any doctors’ office anywhere and the neighbors aren’t afraid to pick up my calls now.” Dora shares this sentiment with the thousands of US Tele-Medicine patients who are reaching higher levels of wellness and care, without the added bother or expense of visiting a doctor’s office.
Any patient may join by logging on to www.epatienthealthcare.com and clicking the “Join Now” tab found on that web site. US Tele-Medicine is a leader in national telemedicine care, founded in 2005, in network with the major carriers and serving patients throughout the United States.