A telehealth company that offers online eye tests has filed a lawsuit challenging Indiana’s ban on the use of telemedicine for eye exams.
Source: Lawsuit Challenges Indiana’s Ban on Telemedicine for Eye Exams
In the story, I should point out that this statement as screenshotted:
is not totally accurate. The representative in question is actually from Washington State, not South Carolina.
The company mentioned in the article has the ability to conduct eye exams in selected states that include North Carolina and charges $35 to do so. This is one of those infrequent occasions where something is valid in North Carolina and not in South Carolina; the states tend to enable similar laws, for good or bad.
Some of the most straightforward ideas make the most sense. A system in South Florida presents an opportunity for urgent care style telemedicine for guests not familiar with the local hospital, freestanding ER, or urgent care clinics in the area. Upon reading the article to get the gist of it, one thing came to mind: $59 for a televisit. Granted, if you can afford the rates for the resorts listed (sounds like Independents to me) $59 won’t kill your budget. I would have preferred a special rate to guests, say $39, but that is just me.
Locally, the dominant health care system charges $49 for their version, and it’s with a provider, maybe a doctor, but this also could be a Nurse Practitioner. The other two major systems in the market do not offer this service.
A South Florida health system is forging partnerships with local resorts to push its direct-to-consumer telehealth platform out to a new population.
The six-hospital, Hollywood (FL)-based Memorial Healthcare System recently signed partnerships with two large hotels, the Diplomat Beach Resort and the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, to give guests access to the MemorialDOCNow service. Health system officials say they’re actively recruiting other resorts to build up their connected care network.
Source: Hospital-Hotel Partnerships Push DTC Telehealth to a New Population
New businesses utilizing technology that was previously not available are starting every day. But it isn’t all about early adopters; there are some surprising traditional-style businesses that are rewriting the rules.