Posted: March 6, 2019
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Why wait for a doctor when doctors are waiting for you?

How long are people waiting for a doctor at the ER?

  • Average ER wait time: 24 minutes
  • Average wait until sent home: 2 hours 15 min
  • Broken bone wait time: 54 minutes
  • Transfer: 1 hours and 36 minutes

States with the longest to “shortest” wait to see a family physician:

  1. Massachusetts (66 days to wait for a doctor appointment, average).
  2. New York
  3. Georgia
  4. Washington State
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. California
  7. Texas
  8. Michigan (tie with Colorado)
  9. Colorado (tie with Michigan)
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Oregon
  12. Florida
  13. Minnesota (10 days to wait to see a doctor, average).

The Choices
Active physicians in the U.S.A: (March 2015)
Location Primary Care Physicians Specialist Physicians Total – United States 428,478 468,942 897,420

  • 47 states offer Telehealth as recent as September 2014.
  • Telemedicine was the fastest growing category in digital health in 2014 at 315% year-over-year growth.
  • Telehealth expected to grow to $38.5 billion in revenue by 2018.
  • At an Intel survey, 72% of consumers said they’re willing to see a doctor via telehealth video conferencing for non-urgent appointments.
  • There are currently about 200 Telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US.
  • 24 states and the District of Columbia require that private insurers cover telehealth the same as they cover in-person services.

Some provisions before using Telehealth

  1. For un-interrupted live appointments, make sure you have good internet connection.
  2. Use a dependable and secure device.
  3. Prepare, some diagnosis can only be given with a live appointment.

Telemedicine on Improving Chronic Disease Management – With the help of remote monitors, telehealth has helped with:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stroke

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