Video and text chat is a strong way to stay in touch with your friends and family. Some quick advice can also be provided by the smartphone on health matters, whether from an individual you know or the web.
With a latest app, a Linthicum-based Medicaid managed care organization needs to permit the information to come direct from doctors.
Maryland Physicians Care rolled out a new app with the ability to text and video chat with emergency room doctors last month. MyVirtualMPC can be used to ask queries. Dilemmas such as whether to get stitches or problems with medication can need a trip, even if they do not end up resulting in needing medical attention. Patients are permitted by the new app to show symptoms and get a diagnosis from the doctor about a pressing health problem.
Bruce Vanderver, MPC’s Chief Medical Officer, claimed in a statement, “Members can securely send messages, pictures, and even video chat with a local doctor to assist them avoid unimportant visits to the ER, urgent care, or their physician’s office. All that adds up to more convenience for our members and less time waiting in the ER.”
The app, which taps tech from CirrusMD, is presently being offered to MPC members, which number almost 200,000. The statewide org is owned by various hospital systems, and offers free care to members. The new app is staffed by doctors through Germantown-based Sky Physicians. It is an iconic instance of telemedicine’s potential to enhance access to health care.