Last Updated on January 1st, 2019
There is no denying that technology has managed to completely change our healthcare system today and the way in which we get the medical attention that we need. However, one of the biggest changes has come in the form of telemedicine services. With companies like Doctor on Demand, you can instantly gain access to board certified doctors 24/7, right from your phone. Getting the real, professional medical opinion you need has never been easier or more convenient and people are really starting to take notice.
Time Magazine, Bustle, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal are all talking about the unique features offered with this comprehensive video app and how it is changing the way that people look at doctor’s appointments forever. But, how does it really work? And does it really provide the convenience and the quality care that patients are looking for? Let’s take a deeper look at what Doctor on Demand has to offer.
The goal of Doctor on Demand is simple, to help provide face-to-face doctor consultations for patients who don’t have time to come in to a traditional office or who need care after normal business hours. The company is able to connect anyone, with or without insurance, to high-quality physicians right through their phone, computer or tablet. The goal of Doctor on Demand is to help people save time and money, and they already have hundred of employers and health plans that rely on them to care for their millions of employees and members.
You can sign up on your own or create an account for your business and instantly get access to a board-certified physician who will help examine, diagnose and treat you over a video call. If you are ready to be treated by one of Doctor on Demand’s physicians, signing up is easy.
- Start by providing some basic contact information and creating a patient profile.
- Once you have entered this information you will be asked to enter in any health insurance information that you have to see if you are covered. You do not need to have health insurance.
- You will also be asked if your employer will help cover Doctor on Demand visits—as over 400 employers partner directly with the app to bring this benefit to their employees.
- You are then taken to a page where you can choose to either see a medical doctor or a mental health professional. If you need to see a medical doctor, you can schedule an appointment right away. If you need to see a mental health professional, you can take a brief assessment then you will be paired with a therapist.
Signing up takes only a few minutes and the entire process is meant to be simple and straight forward. You can make an appointment right away or schedule an appointment for a later date.
Just like a normal doctor’s appointment, during your appointment your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, your symptoms and perform an exam through the video platform. They may also recommend treatment, including prescription medications or lab work.
There is only one set fee for medical visits, while psychological services will cost different amounts depending on the different treatments you receive. The rate for medical doctors is $75 for a 15-minute appointment. Most services are available 24/7/365 and the cost is comparable to most standard copays, although the company does take many insurances.
Usability (Desktop & Mobile):
The goal of Doctor on Demand is to make it simple for you to get the expert medical advice that you need, and the company does a great job with this through their easy-to-navigate website and streamlined app. Everything is spelled out and easy to follow and does not require any real tech savvy.
Having your appointment on line is very easy through the platform. All you need to do is press a button and you will be put on a video call with a doctor. You can also schedule an appointment for a future date if needed. The entire process takes only seconds and is very user friendly. When it is time for your appointment, a video icon will appear on your screen or your app and you can start your video appointment right away.
It is as simple as that. When you are done with your appointment you can then rate your doctor and your overall experience.
Doctor Support & Effectiveness:
Of course, at the heart of this app is the healthcare professionals that work behind Doctors on Demand. The first thing to remember is that this platform is not meant for emergency situations. If you are experiencing an emergency, you need to go to the ER.
There are two main types of doctors that are available through this application: MDs who are there to diagnose symptoms and interpret lab results and psychologists and psychiatrists who you can making online counseling appointments with.
So, what are the doctors able to do?
The doctors available through this program can help diagnose and treat common ailments, including minor injuries, rashes or infections. They can also help you interpret your lab results if you are looking to get a second opinion on a diagnosis.
These doctors are great for issues like sprained ankles, urinary tract infections, and diagnosing the common cold. Since you can communicate directly with your doctor through video chat, they are often able to easily asses many of your concerns and do a visual exam to help determine the cause of your medical ailment.
We also love that they have pediatric specialists as well—as there are so many parents out there who just want a second opinion on bumps, bruises, marks and rashes when they happen, but don’t necessarily need to go to an emergency room. Another great feature for new parents is the program’s lactation consultants who are available through the platform for any mother experiencing breastfeeding issues.
Confidentiality & Privacy:
Like any company that works with health records, Doctor on Demand takes their patient privacy seriously and goes the extra mile to make sure that all data is kept safely. The company’s websites and app are both HIPPA compliant and they guarantee to comply with federal, state and local laws regarding this information. Doctor on Demand has also added an additional layer of security on their website with their SSL encryption protection. The company has a detailed guide to all of their site privacy information and insight into their privacy policies on their website.
Doctor on Demand’s Doctor Qualifications:
Doctor on Demand takes their job in the medical field seriously and employs only the top doctors in the industry. All doctors are board-certified, screened and trained to ensure they are more than qualified to provide this type of online medical care. According to the company, only 5-10% of doctors who apply are accepted to work for Doctor on Demand. All of the doctors who work with this company are trained in over 200 clinical protocols. The company also conducts peer reviews for each doctor and takes client feedback into account to make sure that the professionals working for their site truly are the best in the business.
Specialties and Areas of Expertise:
Doctor on Demand Doctors are trained to handle a number of different health conditions, right through the company’s app. Here’s what the medical doctors treat:
- Cellulitis and Skin Infections
- Back Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sports Injuries
- Sprains and bruises
- Sinus Infections
- Rashes and Skin Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Stress Management
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes
Labs and Screening:
- Chronic disease
- Drug tests
- Thyroid disease
- Thyroid disease
- Immunodeficiency Tests
- Vaccine Titers
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Smoking Cessation
- Mood Disorder Screening
- Weight Loss Assistance
Women’s and Men’s Health Issues:
- Family planning
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Prostate Cancer Risk Counseling
- Yeast and Vaginal Infections
- Prenatal Counseling
- Sexual Dysfunction
Doctor on Demand is also clear about the conditions that they don’t treat to help patients understand in which situations it is best that they go to a physical doctor’s office or emergency room. The app does not treat the following, according to their website:
- Traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries
- Chest pain or numbness
- Loss of consciousness
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Multiple broken bones
- Severe burns
- Pediatric ear infections
It is also important to note that while the company can write prescriptions for certain medications, they are not able to write prescriptions for controlled substances such as oxycodone or codeine.
Specialties and Areas of Expertise For Counselors:
At Doctor on Demand, you cannot only gain access to professional medical advice, but professional mental health advice as well. This is because in addition to having physicians available, Doctor on Demand also has trained mental health therapists who are licensed psychiatrists and psychologists available to help in the following areas:
- Postpartum Depression
- Miscarriage and Loss
- Family and Relationships
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Depression
- Mood Swings
- Anger Management
- Behavioral and Emotional Therapy
- Post Cardiac Event Counseling
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Panic Attacks
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Doctor on Demand makes it easy, quick and affordable for you to see a board-certified doctor in situations where you may not normally be able to see one of these professionals. You can meet with a doctor at any time, for just $75 per 15-minute visit. The company has done a great job making the process simple and easy-to-follow and in putting their customers face-to-face with the industry’s best physicians, so they can get the medical advice they deserve.
Eric Silver has been helping a close family member learn to cope with depression for nearly twenty years. Over the years, he’s developed a passion for mental health awareness. Mr. Silver has researched and written extensively within the mental health area, specifically in regard to bi-polar, depression, stress, and anxiety issues.