Individuals enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicaid plan in Rhode Island might now get faster dermatological services using remote digital imaging and telehealth technology via Thundermist Health Center.
Thundermist’s primary care providers are capable to deliver more timely diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders or faster dermatological services through a latest e-consultation service. Physicians can capture and transmit digital pictures of areas of concern during sufferer exams via a protective, online electronic medical record. The physicians then get a diagnosis of the health concern within forty-eight business hours.
Through near real-time consultations with offsite dermatologists, physicians can more rapidly diagnose, treat and provide faster dermatological services to UnitedHealthcare Medicaid patients – particularly those who might lack easy access to dermatologists or other specialists – regardless of which medical office they are visiting. In accordance to a 2014 JAMA Dermatology, the average wait time for an in-person appointment is forty-six days.
“It was very convenient to perform an electronic consult for my sufferer, and the results came back very rapidly. I generally transmitted an image of the concern through our medical record, and a licensed dermatologist reviewed it and offererd diagnosis and treatment suggestions,” claimed Dr. Sara Delaporta, the 1st care provider in Rhode Island to conduct an electronic consult through Thundermist. “This service provides my patients access to immensely timely care.”
Skin cancer and other skin-related problems are an important concern in the region of Rhode Island. About 240 Rhode Islanders were diagnosed with melanoma of the skin on average every year from the time period of 2007 through 2011, with an average of 33 people dying yearly because of melanoma during that similar time period.
“We look forward to working with UnitedHealthcare on establishing this good innovation. While several skin conditions are non-life threatening, rapid diagnosis and treatment can assist people to heal – and for some with more critical conditions, save their lives,” claimed Charles Jones, president and CEO of Thundermist. “This type of system puts more specialty expertise and support in the hands of the primary care provider, ignoring financial and transportation-related hurdles to care for our sufferers.”
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