SCOTTSDALE, AZ - We’ve all sat for hours on end in an emergency department waiting room, but now a new type of emergency care is on the horizon in Scottsdale.
The new service will have you cutting out the waiting rooms and turning on the Wi-Fi.
“I had a sore throat. I basically knew what it was, just didn’t want to spend the time going into the E.D.,” said Mary Ann Wright.
She decided to try a different type of doctor visit, a virtual visit through Stat Doctors.
“I clicked where it told me to click on and the doctor was right there,” said Wright.
Mary Ann says it only took about 10 minutes from the time she submitted her request to the time she was talking to the doctor online.
She says if you’re not a tech whiz, it’s not a problem.
“I’m not really technically proficient in things like getting around the sites and things, but I did great,” said Wright.
The Stat Doctors service is a new benefit being offered by Mary Ann’s employer Scottsdale Healthcare.
Not only does it provide an easy way to get medical care, the hope is it will also cut down on non-emergency E.R. visits.
“We’re designed to offer you access to that same emergency provider that you’d be seeing physically if you went to an emergency department,” said Dr. Alan Roga with Stat Doctors.
People with life threatening emergency will still be directed to the emergency department, but for those other after hours medical needs this provides a new solution.
The doctors are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the convenience of your laptop or P.C.
“I saved myself at least 3 hours that day,” said Wright.
But what about privacy?
“We’re very sensitive to patient security, so it’s designed to be HIPAA compliant and everything is safely stored and secured,” said Dr. Roga.
Mary Ann says she’s been waiting for something like this.
“Immediately after the experience I had emailed all my co-workers and told them what a positive experience it was,” said Wright.
It’s a new type of house call for the virtual world.
If you are interested in Stat Doctors, talk to your employer about the possibility of it becoming a benefit where you work.
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