COVID-19: The Virtual Medical Doctor Will See You Now
Houston, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - March 23, 2020) - Telemedicine is seeing unprecedented demand with rising coronavirus case numbers.
All as hospitals scramble to shift care online in response to a growing pandemic that has now affected nearly 312,000 people around the world. In addition, President Trump has strongly touted telehealth in the fight and just waived certain federal rules to make it easier for more hospitals to provide remote care using video chat for example.
The President also signed off on $8.3 billion in emergency funding to stem the outbreak.
"My emergency declaration allowed us to waive regulations to give nurses and doctors maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and to protect our frontline professionals that we've authorized through telehealth nationwide, which is really becoming big stuff - telehealth. It makes it a lot easier for patients, and it really has been working out amazingly well," said President Trump, as quoted by the White House.
Companies are only preparing for bigger surges in demand, as the number of COVID-19 cases increases. "The U.S. has also recommended alternatives to face-to-face doctor or clinic visits to help limit exposure," reports Reuters. "Remote diagnoses through telehealth services could play a critical role, although actual testing for the new virus would have to be done in person."
One of the Top Companies Helping is CloudMD Software & Services Inc.
CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (CSE: DOC) (OTCQB: DOCRF) has been offering its telemedicine solutions to North American health professionals to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic.
Demand for such solutions became even more critical after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and President Trump announced telemedicine is a vital part of fighting the current pandemic.
In Canada, the Ministry of Health is working on allocating more resources for telehealth to meet the rising demand. An emergency telemedicine code was announced to allow Ontario patients to be billed through the provincial medical payment plan, Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), which provides medical-legal protection to physicians, just announced they will cover any Canadian physician seeing any Canadian patient to help combat this current crisis.
In addition, the company just increased its doctor onboarding efforts for CloudMD, the Company's direct-to-consumer telemedicine app, to handle the expected increased demand amidst the growing coronavirus spread.
"As demand for our services is expected to rise amidst the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are increasing our physician recruitment to manage the increased demand," said Dr. Essam Hamza, CEO of CloudMD. "It's better to triage patients remotely, sending only complex cases to over-stretched hospitals, allowing for a more efficient use of healthcare resources and ultimately higher quality of care for the patient population."
For more information on CloudMD Software & Services Inc., visit https://cloudmd.ca
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