April 27th, 2012
San Jose, CA – April 27, 2012 – MDLive and FONEMED announced at the opening of the American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting that they have completed the last step in making the virtual medical office a reality with their alliance. The medical clinic of the future provides access to physicians, nurses and technology on an integrated telemedicine platform. This alliance offers a continent-wide network of Board Certified Physicians, Registered Nurses and licensed therapists that provide 24/7 medical attention to patients by simulating in-person consultations via real-time secure wireless communications, video and web. The HIPAA compliant technology system allows for assessment, advice, diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions regardless of geographical location.
MDLiveCare (www.mdlivecare.com) and FONEMED (www.fonemed.com) have executed a Strategic Partnership Agreement integrating their extensive networks of experienced physicians and registered nurses. In addition to responding to routine health concerns, this virtual medical clinic supports remote monitoring, disease management applications and Accountable Care Organizations that are changing the face of medicine.
John Sculley, Former Apple CEO and MDLiveCare Board Member welcomed this announcement by noting: ”We have long envisioned that information technology systems could transform the delivery of healthcare for large populations. The key was empowering the kinds of medical teams that exist in medical settings to deploy these systems remotely— a goal that MDLive and FONEMED have now achieved.“
Ken Bleakley, CEO, of FONEMED added, “Bringing this vision to reality has taken a rare combination of physicians, nurses, technicians, operating systems, clinical protocols and communications and information infrastructure that is unique to MDLiveCare and FONEMED”.
Randy Parker, CEO of MDLiveCare concluded, “We’ve created the medical office of the future, and it’s here now! We have solved the interoperability challenges in a way that “makes the virtual medical clinic the first solution that is viable and effective in a real-world environment.
About FONEMED®: FONEMED Operates a continent-wide network of Registered Nurses chosen and trained to apply information technology to healthcare. They have helped partners win awards from The GSM Association for international development, from URAC for patient safety and from CTIA for hottest consumer product. Clients include the US and Canadian governments, insurers, leading hospital, university medical centers and thousands of medical practices. FONEMED has served over one million callers. The proprietary FONEMED Operating System and Schmitt/Thompson Medical protocols are installed in locations around the globe.
Contact FONEMED: Monica Corbett, Monica.Corbett@fonemed.com, Tel. 805-667-8205
About MDLive: Founded in 2006, MDLive offers affordable, 24×7x365 healthcare consultations via secure video, telephone and email communication, providing convenient, affordable access to medical attention after hours, at work, while traveling and in underserved communities. The company has a nationwide network of U.S. board-certified physicians providing general medical care as well as licensed therapists. Individual and group plans are available, along with a technology platform for hospitals and physicians who want to incorporate online patient care into their practice.
Contact MDLive: Raffaello Zucco, email@example.com, Tel. 786-419-4661 x106
See us at ATA, FONEMED Booth # 1440
August 13th, 2010
Many companies today are concerned about rising employee healthcare costs. Since the rapid increase of insurance costs will be difficult to control, perhaps your focus could be more on helping your staff members promote better health? Numerous studies validate that organizations that invest in a wellness program, often receive a 2x-3x return on reduced employee health expenses in the long run in addition to increased employee satisfaction and reduced absenteeism. If your company has not already created a wellness platform for your team members, that should be a top priority for you as your analyze your future corporate objectives.
In addition to promoting a wellness program, there is another option available in the market that should produce positive results. Did you know that your employees could have access to a Registered Nurse any time of the day? Simply stated, organizations team up with a partner that has licensed nurses all over the USA and they can provide immediate assistance to your associates during the work day or even at night and on the weekends. If your employees need to speak with a physician, that is also an available option. Providing a service like this enhances employee satisfaction and retention and should lead to better health. Additionally, there are perks for your company as well:
- Cost Savings: In a two year study related to the University of Arkansas, the college saved over $100,000 on health related costs for their employees by utilizing a nurse advice line. A government client of FONEMED is seeing documented savings of over $500,000 per month.
- Improved Employee Morale: Employees report satisfaction levels of over 97% with the nurse advice line
- Reduced Absenteeism: If employees have access to medical advice around-the-clock, they are likely to be given the information they need to fix their ailment right away and minimize sick days at home.
- Fewer Disability Claims: Depending on what line of work your company is engaged in, there could be a risk of infectious diseases or exposure to dangerous chemicals. Some nurse advice lines are also equipped to provide occupational exposure support to your associates as well. The quicker your employees can evaluate their risk and get appropriate treatment, the less time and money you pay related to disability claims from work related incidents like these.
Given the benefits to both employees and companies, organizations of all kinds should be focused on implementing a Healthier Living platform. Regardless of your industry, there are programs out there that you can take advantage of right now. Healthier at Work, Healthier at Home, Healthier in Retirement and Healthier at School are examples of offerings available in the market right now that provide comprehensive health advice and information to companies for their employees.
June 20th, 2010
I am asked all the time to explain the benefits of telephone advice nurses. The answer is simple – nurses empower individuals to make informed health care decisions. That may mean a simple determination of whether a physician visit is required for physical ailments or addresses caller questions on how one regains or retains optimum health.The use of clinical protocols helps nurses determine the severity of the patient’s symptoms and educate patients to ensure appropriate guidance to the most appropriate level of care in an appropriate time frame.
Charlene Slaney RN
May 10th, 2010
FONEMED’s triage nurses have been taking a lot of calls recently regarding pollen allergies. Our clinical content providers Dr. Barton Schmitt and Dr. David Thompson have just provided an excellent update on allergies. Some highlights:
The time of year and the weather can significantly affect the amount of pollen in the air. Pollen counts tend to be absent or much lower during the months of November to February. Pollen counts are lower on damp rainy days because the pollen is washed to the ground. Pollen counts are correspondingly higher on dry windy days.
The main sources of pollen are:
- Trees: March to May
- Grass: May to August
- Weeds (mainly ragweed): August to October (first frost)
Probably the most accurate and reliable source of pollen counts is the National Allergy Bureau (NAB). It measures pollen and mold levels from approximately 78 counting stations throughout the United States and two counting stations in Canada. You can view current pollen counts in your area at:
Another commercially-sponsored website provides current pollen counts by zip code: http://www.pollen.com.
Symptoms of Pollen Allergies
- Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever): Watery nasal discharge, constant sniffing, sneezing attacks, itchy nose, snoring. Approximately 50% of hay fever patients also have allergic conjunctivitis symptoms.
- Allergic Conjunctivitis: Itchy or burning eyes; watery red eyes, puffy eyelids, allergic cysts of white of eyes (chemosis). (95% have AR)
- Allergic Laryngitis: Hoarseness, throat-clearing, chronic cough
- Allergic Asthma Attacks (50% of asthmatics have AR)
- Allergic Skin Reactions: Severe itching, macular rash, hives, flare-ups of eczema; itchy ear canals.
Health Tips for People who Suffer from Pollen Allergies
Here are a number of tips that FONEMED’s nurses are providing to callers to help prevent or at least reduce allergic reactions to pollen.
Avoid Pollen (Prevention
1. Keep windows closed at home, especially in the bedroom.
2. Use an air conditioner instead of attic or ceiling fans.
3. Keep windows closed in car, turn AC on re-circulate.
4. Avoid playing with dogs that have been outdoors.
5. Wear a pollen mask if you have to cut the grass.
6. Avoid touching your eyes.
7. Remove your outside clothes before you enter your bedroom.
Remove Pollen (Decontamination)
1. Shampoo hair and shower off pollen
2. Nasal washes to remove pollen from nose (use tap water or saline)
3. Eye washes to remove pollen from eye
4. Rinse ear canals to remove pollen from tympanic membranes
5. Drink clear fluids to remove pollen from mouth
Antihistamines for Pollen Allergies
- Oral antihistamines are the mainstay of treatment. They can usually control all of the pollen allergy symptoms listed on the previous page. Unlike prescription steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines also relieve the eye symptoms, the allergic cough, and skin symptoms.
- For patients with seasonal allergies, the key to control is taking the antihistamine (prophylactically) on a daily basis throughout the pollen season rather than intermittently when symptoms peak.
- First generation antihistamines (e.g., chlorpheniramine/Chlor-trimeton, diphenhydramine/Benadryl) are more effective at controlling hay fever symptoms than the newer second generation antihistamines.
- Second generation antihistamines are recommended for school-age children, teens, and adults who find sedation with first generation antihistamines a problem. Examples of over-the-counter second generation antihistamines are cetirizine (e.g., Zyrtec) and loratadine (e.g., OTC Claritin, Alavert).
- An extra dose of Benadryl is effective for severe breakthrough symptoms.
Additional information, including pediatric and adult antihistamine dosage information, is provided by FONEMED’s Triage Nurses during the standard triage process.
Remember: Read the package instructions thoroughly on all medications that you take.
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Barton Schmitt, M.D.
David Thompson, M.D.
April 30th, 2010
What makes a nurse a good telephone triage nurse? A question I am asked all the time is what skill is the most important for a telephone triage nurse to possess? I think the very best answer is a good sense of common sense. A nurse who cannot see the patient face to face will be unaware if a patient appears pale or clammy or weak. Finely tuned communication skills allow the nurse the ability to capture the information required to recommend a plan of care. This is done utilizing clinical triage protocols that help the nurse determine the severity of the patient’s health issues and rank them according to urgency. Telephone triage nurses educate patients and guide them to appropriate care.
Charlene Slaney, RN