Medpod, Inc. today announced MobileDoc™, a compact medical
office in a bag that stands to dramatically advance telemedicine, reduce
healthcare costs and provide greater access to care for Americans. While
telemedicine connections using video or Skype have been conducted
before, this is the first time a remote connection between patient and
physician has enabled the physician to receive and analyze diagnostic
information from an array of professional medical devices in real-time.
Equipped with best-in-class professional grade medical devices secured
inside a sturdy carry-on sized suitcase that fits in a car trunk, a
nurse or medical assistant can easily visit a patient in the comfort of
their home. From the patient's home, the clinician can conduct more than
70 diagnostic tests and procedures ranging from cardiovascular, to
ophthalmology, to respiratory while a physician directs from his/her
office and engages the patient via a live face-to-face connection. The
physician controls the medical devices and receives diagnostic
information - heart rate, blood pressure, live scope examination, and
more - in real-time, allowing the physician to immediately diagnose and
The results are provided to a physician who may be hundreds of miles
away using proprietary data, video and voice telecommunications
technology - connecting patient and doctor in a continuum of care that
greatly expands access to healthcare.
Medpod Inc.'s primary strategic partner in developing this unique system
and exclusive distributor is Henry Schein, Inc., the world largest
provider of health care products and services to office-based dental,
animal health and medical practitioners. The announcement was made today
at The American Telemedicine Association's ATA2017 Conference in
Boon for Patients, Major Weapon in Reducing Healthcre Costs
Medpod is not only a great convenience for patients, but could also be a
game-changer in the battle to contain mushrooming healthcare costs.
The Medpod platform creates efficiencies that balance workforce and
workflow and can drive more capacity to physicians, allowing them to
extend beyond their physical location to reach patients not able to get
care easily and cost-effectively.
Jack Tawil, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medpod, Inc., said:
"While telemedicine has been present for a number of years, Medpod is
ushering in a new era in medical care delivery. It is enabling the
physician and patient to connect like never before and conduct a
personal examination, diagnose and treat, saving time and money both for
patient and doctor."
Mr. Tawil added: "In the debate over replacing the Affordable Care Act,
the efficient use of physician resources and the disruption of
inefficiencies in the delivery of care is critical to the reduction of
healthcare costs. By using technology to help eliminate the limitations
of the traditional healthcare system the Medpod MobileDoc is breaking
down both literal and figurative walls and enabling a new more flexible,
efficient, highly personalized experience within the healthcare system.
"The Medpod MobileDoc is finally delivering on the promise of
telemedicine," says Dr. James Powell, an internist and chief medical
officer of Long Island Select Healthcare. Dr. Powell's practice is
involved with a pilot program funded by New York State that is testing
the efficacy of the Medpod MobileDoc system for primary and specialty
diagnostics and care.
"MobileDoc has the potential to ease the burden on emergency rooms which
have become overcrowded due to patients with non-emergency complaints
using the ER as a doctor's office," says Jack Tawil.
A study by the New England Healthcare Institute suggests that as many as
25 percent of emergency room visits are for non-emergency reasons - such
as doctor's offices being closed or for relatively mild complaints. It
follows that the direct doctor-patient connection Medpod provides could
significantly reduce unnecessary emergency room visits.
"Many patients today are denied timely medical care or seek expensive
modes of care because it is difficult to get to a physician's office
during normal office hours. Medpod solves this problem by providing what
amounts to a doctor's office visit remotely, anytime anywhere," states
ABOUT MEDPOD: Medpod, Inc. has created a proprietary healthcare
platform that combines cutting edge infrastructure and software with
professional medical and laboratory devices to extend the physician's
reach, transform traditional care environments and create new beneficial
settings of patient care. Medpod works in close collaboration with
best-in-class medical device manufacturers, distributors, physicians and
health systems, to engineer and innovate new physical structures and
delivery care options. Medpod's mission is to enable healthcare
providers to extend reach, redistribute resources, build volume and
transform their business by advancing the science of virtual care,
reducing costs and improving outcomes and enabling the new value based
healthcare paradigm. Medpod… more than telemedicine, augmented medicine.
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