Creating telehealth programs are becoming increasingly prevalent, thanks to their capabilities of providing high-quality healthcare affordably and efficiently to the masses.
Doctors, physicians and healthcare providers are often associated with medical societies for their related specialties and causes.
With society-based telehealth programs, it is becoming possible for clinicians to associate with platforms that offer care in their particular specialties to those who are most in need.
In a recent issue of Telehealth and Telemedicine TodayTM, an article titled “DoctorsTelemed: Developing a Medical Society-Based Telehealth Service in Northern Virginia” explored how it is the only network of healthcare providers that is supported by a medical society. DoctorsTelemed has the support of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia. The program offers the ultimate in HIPAA-compliant security and superior encryption technologies as well as a variety of telecare solutions to fulfill the healthcare needs of the region.
DoctorsTelemed: A Successful Role Model for Others to Come!
With over 1600 members situated throughout Northern Virginia in a number of counties, the Medical Society of Northern Virginia was uniquely poised to provide expert medical care to the local masses. The society holds more than 20 educational events each year and on each of those events one thing was clear; the attendees wanted better medical care from people they could trust.
Enter telehealth. They successfully created and implemented a platform model for their physicians to access and communicate with patients and their problems, remotely. Of course, the biggest motivation was to create a socially-responsible business model that would be beneficial for the society’s physician community as well as their patients.
In the TMT article, Ms. Tellez, the Executive Director of Northern Virginia Medical Society expressed her vision, saying, “Technology is enabling consumers and physicians in many positive ways. However, the biggest challenge for us was to be mindful of everybody jumping into all of these start-ups in healthcare, and keep our attention on saving lives and saving money as the only end goals for this platform.”
Telehealth: The Only Way Forward For Physicians And Their Patients
This Northern Virginia based telehealth platform is still in early stages of operation. However, its success can teach others many lessons on the opportunities and challenges of implementing a similar program for their own medical societies.