Wow! The future is here. Have you heard of Doctor On Demand (http://www.doctorondemand.com/)? I recently came across the app in the Apple Appstore. I downloaded it and decided to try it out. It took me about 10 minutes to connect to a board certified Medical Doctor who was able to address my medical concerns and send in a prescription to my pharmacy. I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my home or wait for a long time to see a doctor. Their flat fee is $40. I believe it was well worth my time and comfort.
Doctor on Demand’s mission statements is “Lack of access to healthcare providers in the United States is a massive, growing problem. The average wait time to see a physician is three weeks. More than half of patients with mental health issues go without treatment. We’re not getting the care that we need. We built Doctor On Demand to help address this problem.”
They offer a variety of medical on demand video visits. Medical and pediatric video visits cost $40 for a 15 minute visit. Psychologists are $50 for 25 minutes and $95 for a 50 minutes session. Lactation consultants are $40 for a 25 minute session and $70 for a 50 minutes session. They are working to add more medical services to their menu of options. Common conditions treated for medical and pediatric visits include cold & flu, sore throat, UTI’s, skin issues and rashes, diarrhea and vomiting, eye issues, sports injuries and travel illnesses. They will also refill or prescribe your birth control or Viagra.
Psychologist visits address the following key issues: anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, change in mood, obsessions and compulsions, trauma and loss, alcohol and tobacco cessation, addictions and eating problems. You can view a complete list of what is and is not treated by their psychologists via the following website: http://www.doctorondemand.com/how-we-can-help-psychology.
Doctor On Demand addresses a segment of the market that would be waiting long periods of time to see their primary care physician or psychiatrist. This allows for people to address their issues and concerns the same day without have to take time off work or drive out of their way. “Fueled by frustration over long waits in the emergency room (for non-emergency care), and a reduction in available primary care appointments (often resulting in patients waiting for weeks to see their primary care physician), a new growth spurt for the Urgent Care industry began in the mid-1990s and continues today. Since 2008, the number of facilities has increased from 8,000 to 9,300. The public’s desire for immediate access to medical care has been the driving force behind this monumental growth. “
The Urgent Care Association of America has published major trends in the industry that support the need for increased urgent care and shorter wait times on their 2013 “Benchmarking Survey Headlines Summary.” Doctor On Demand fits the industry’s growing needs. I see these video on demand medical services as a game changer, a disruptive technology/innovation in the medical industry. It provides transparency because it details a history of your visits and visible notes in the app/online which is something you don’t often get from your primary care providers. It is convenient and on your time schedule. It is cost effective because you do not have to commute or wait days or weeks to be seen by your doctor.
Given the increasing lack of supply and increase for convenient on demand medical services, I see a bright future for Doctor on Demand and similar medical on demand virtual providers. It will be interesting to see this business will evolve. I look forward to seeing their financials and customer evaluations in the future. I for one, will be using this convenient service and am grateful it exists.
If you want to give it a try, follow these instructions to get your first visit free: Use my code “elvita1” to get your first Video Visit FREE! If you sign up, I get credit too. Download the app or register here: http://bit.ly/dodshare. If you use it, comment below on your experience.