Telemedicine pioneer PhoneDOCTORx (PDRx) announced today it delivered its 30,000th telemedicine consultation (since 2006) to Extended Care Facility (ECF) patients with patented telemedicine services - providing both audio and/or video access to Board Certified physicians during off hours.
Boston, MA, December 06, 2011 --(PR.com)-- PDRx is a leader in the healthcare paradigm shift that combines technology and the growing need to care for patients outside the boundaries of office hours using American Doctors Online (ADOL) patented processes and technologies to bring after-hours physician coverage to the patients' bedside. As technological advancements continue to create faster diagnosis and advanced care options within medicine, PDRx bridges the communication gap providing patients instant, real-time access to physicians.
Sam Shen, MD, Vice President of Corporate Development, remarks, “PhoneDOCTORx directly improves the quality of care and quality of life for ECF patients. Our telemedicine services provide instant physician access, reducing preventable emergency department (ED) transfers by up to 35%. ED transfers are not only tremendously stressful to the patient but costly to the healthcare system.”
PDRx is becoming a powerful service in the construction of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the overall transformation of healthcare with the creation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. Healthcare providers form an ACO to provide care to patients within a reformed delivery and payment model based on the quality and efficiency of care. This shifts healthcare to a comprehensive approach to patient care, holding providers accountable and more focused on addressing preventable readmissions and providing higher quality and more efficient patient care across the continuum of healthcare.
Recent readmission studies suggest that anywhere from 20% to 45% of emergency department visits result in costly and extended hospital stays are preventable. After testing and vetting its telemedicine services/processes for the past six years in the ECF market, PhoneDOCTORx physicians have now responded to over 30,000 ECF calls/encounters.
“We strive for pioneering new telemedicine/telehealth efforts in the Extended Care Facility market. Hitting 30,000 ECF clinical encounters within the ECF market is an extraordinary milestone - PhoneDOCTORx has accomplished an encounter amount that no other provider has within telemedicine for ECFs,” said Dr. Paul Bulat, President and Founder of PhoneDOCTORx.
PhoneDOCTORx serves as the “covering physician” for a patient’s primary care physician under the “covering physician model” approved by the Board of Registration in Medicine. PDRx services include reviewing laboratory and radiology test results, reviewing new admissions to the facility, management of behavioral and pain control issues, family consultation and staff education. The hours of operation are 5:00PM - 11:00PM Monday-Friday, and 5:00PM - 7:00PM on weekends, 365 days a year. Patients within Extended Care Facilities can immediately speak with, and be seen by, board-certified physicians through a high-definition, two-way camera unit wheeled to the patient’s bedside via the patented process.
For more information, or to connect with PhoneDOCTORx, call 866-539-7379 or visit www.phonedoctorx.com.