August 2015 Doctor of the Month!

Dr. Mauricio Ochoa

Dr. Mauricio Ochoa

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mauricio Ochoa on being the Curely’s top performing doctor for the month of August. Dr. Ochoa works as a pediatrician in a private hospital in Mexico City, and was introduced to Curely by his good friend Adrian Gonzalez, who also practices on Curely as a urologist.

Similar to thoughts of the cofounders here at Curely, Dr. Ochoa felt that medicine has been changing for the worse. Dr. Ochoa shared that he felt that today’s physicians practice defensive medicine, protecting themselves against liabilities, and race against time to meet their patient quota during their work hours. On the contrary, we provide allow our physicians to control their own availability and pricing. The Curely team, along with Dr. Ochoa believe that this approach will allow physicians to give people the quality care that everyone deserves.

Dr. Ochoa fell in love with the idea that he can help people all over the world on his own time. Most importantly, he has been having a lot of fun helping people on our platform! We believe that great quality answers come from awesome doctors like Dr. Ochoa, who truly loves helping others. In addition, having access to questions from a global audience helped Dr. Ochoa stay up to date and well informed on a wide range of medical happenings around the world.

Featured Doctor of the Month of July 2015

Doctor July

Dr. Maria Orellana

We are very excited to announce Dr. Maria Orellana as July’s featured doctor. Dr. Orellana’s passion for providing the right healthcare at the right time highlights the very reason why Curely is so unique. It has allowed her to expand her practice in a way that provides critical health information when and where it matters the most.

We at Curely believe that telehealth will and is playing a larger role in shaping the future of medicine and care—and the numbers prove it. Not only do telehealth and telemedicine networks deliver quick, cost effective and reliable means of getting the medical attention millions of people need, but it does so by expanding beyond borders, reaching out to those who otherwise find it difficult to get the right care. One piece of medical advice can potentially save a life; Curely, and doctors like Dr. Orellana are making that possible every day.

We’d like to thank Dr. Orellana for her passion and dedication to providing the health services that makes Curely possible. From her home in Italy, she is connecting to patients worldwide, providing excellent care in English, Spanish and Italian. Her patients love her, and so do we.

Why wait for a doctor when doctors are waiting for you?

why wait for a doctor when doctors are waiting for you

Why wait for a doctor when doctors are waiting for you?

How long are people waiting for a doctor at the ER?

  • Average ER wait time: 24 minutes
  • Average wait until sent home: 2 hours 15 min
  • Broken bone wait time: 54 minutes
  • Transfer: 1 hours and 36 minutes

States with the longest to “shortest” wait to see a family physician:

  1. Massachusetts (66 days to wait for a doctor appointment, average).
  2. New York
  3. Georgia
  4. Washington State
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. California
  7. Texas
  8. Michigan (tie with Colorado)
  9. Colorado (tie with Michigan)
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Oregon
  12. Florida
  13. Minnesota (10 days to wait to see a doctor, average).

The Choices
Active physicians in the U.S.A: (March 2015)
Location Primary Care Physicians Specialist Physicians Total – United States 428,478 468,942 897,420

  • 47 states offer Telehealth as recent as September 2014.
  • Telemedicine was the fastest growing category in digital health in 2014 at 315% year-over-year growth.
  • Telehealth expected to grow to $38.5 billion in revenue by 2018.
  • At an Intel survey, 72% of consumers said they’re willing to see a doctor via telehealth video conferencing for non-urgent appointments.
  • There are currently about 200 Telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US.
  • 24 states and the District of Columbia require that private insurers cover telehealth the same as they cover in-person services.

Some provisions before using Telehealth

  1. For un-interrupted live appointments, make sure you have good internet connection.
  2. Use a dependable and secure device.
  3. Prepare, some diagnosis can only be given with a live appointment.

Telemedicine on Improving Chronic Disease Management – With the help of remote monitors, telehealth has helped with:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stroke

Constant Healthcare without Borders

 

Constant Healthcare without Borders

 

Preventative healthcare at your fingertips.

Risks on Self-Medication – Using preventative channels of communication with the experts.

  • Almost 82% of overdose deaths are caused by prescription drugs.

Risks:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Over dosage
  • Polypharmacy (40% of elder citizens use four or more medications at a time)

Live constant care with a real physician.

  • Over 60 sub-specialties are involved with Telehealth services.
  • There are over 5,800 medical, health and fitness apps.
  • Expected growth of live care: $1.9 billion in 2018 (about 56% annual growth).
  • Benefits:

Patients:

  • Reduction of unnecessary admissions to hospitals.
  • Timely evaluations of the emergency.

Physicians:

  • Additional income on-call services.
  • Time saving between traveling facilities.

Devices and Gadgets Getting Involved – Technologic devices that transcend limitations.

Avanade:

  • Motion Tracking through Kinect.
  • Synchronization to and EHR service.
  • Shortens time for diagnosis.
  • Under $1,000 to set up.

RP-VITA:

  • Used for remote sessions within inadequate facilities.
  • Cost around $4,000 and $6,000 per month.
  • Video screen, webcam, and an onboard stethoscope.
  • Interactions happen through an iPad.

Medtronic:

  • Patient data is transmitted via Internet to a secure server.
  • Some devices include: insulin pumps, glucose monitors, and heart devices.
  • Upload periodic trends.

The Future of Telehealth – Reasons why telehealth is here for the long run.

  • $6.5 billion into digital health ventures during 2014, which is a 125% increase from 2013.
  • Telehealth is expected to boost to a $5 billion industry by the year 2020.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, allow providers to be reimbursed by Medicare for remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions with a Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code.

Online Healthcare by the Numbers

Online Healthcare by the Numbers

Did you know that?

  • 90% of U.S. adults own a mobile device.
  • 87% of U.S. adults use the Internet.
  • 58% of U.S. adults own a smartphone.

Healthcare Information is Online. This is how users interact with health information online.

  • 72% of Internet users say they looked online for health information.

How Users Get Online Healthcare Information:

  • 77% began their last session at a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.
  • 3% began at a site that specializes in health information, like WebMD.
  • 2% started their research at a more general site like Wikipedia.
  • 1% started at a social network site like Facebook.

Most Commonly-Researched Topics:

  • Specific diseases or conditions.
  • Treatments or procedures
  • Doctors or other health professionals.

½ of online healthcare information research is on behalf of someone else.

  • 26% of online health seekers have been asked to pay for access to something they wanted to see online.
  • 2% of online health seekers actually paid for it.

Most Popular Resources for Getting Information or Support:

Most Sought for Resource: Clinicians

  • 70% of U.S. adults got information, care, or support from a doctor or other health care professional.
  • 60% of adults got information or support from friends and family.
  • 24% of adults got information or support from others who have the same health condition.

Even though a vast majority of health care and conversation took place offline, 35% of U.S. adults have sought the information online.

“Online Diagnosers” – Those who searched for answers on the Internet.

  • 46% of Online Diagnosers said the information they found online led them to think they needed medical professional attention.

Accuracy of their Initial Diagnoses:

  • 41% of Online Diagnosers said a medical professional confirmed their diagnosis.
  • 2% said a medical professional partially confirmed it.
  • 35% did not visit a clinician to get a professional opinion.
  • 18% consulted a medical professional and the clinician either:
    Did not agree.
    Had a different opinion.
  • 1% said the conversation with the clinician was inconclusive.

Who is More Likely to Go Online for Possible Diagnosis? – Women are more likely than men to go online to figure out a possible diagnosis.

Other Groups:

  • Younger people.
  • White Adults.
  • People who live in households earning $75,000 or more.
  • People with a college degree or advanced degree.

The Social Life of Healthcare Information – Peer-to-Peer Support

    • 26% read or watched someone else’s experience about health or medical issues.
    • 16% went online to find others who might share the same health concerns.
    • 30% have consulted online reviews or rankings of healthcare services or treatments.
    • About one in five internet users have consulted:
      Online reviews of particular drugs or medical treatments.
      Doctors or other providers.
      Hospitals or medical facilities.
    • 3-4% have posted online reviews of health care services or providers.

mHealth

Mobile Healthcare: Generation, aggregation, and dissemination of health information via mobile and wireless devices.

Phones and Healthcare

  • 31% of cell phone owners, and 52% of smartphone owners, have used their phone to look up health or medical information.

Who is More Likely to Look Up Medical Information on Their Phones? These groups are significantly more likely than other groups to have mobile Internet access.

  • Latinos.
  • African Americans.
  • People who hold a college degree.
  • Young people.
  • People who recently faced a medical crisis.
  • People who experienced significant and recent health change.

Hexting (Healthcare Texting)

  • 80% of cell phone owners say they send and receive text messages.
  • 9% receive any text updates or alerts about health or medical issues.
  • Women, between 30 and 64 are more likely than other cell phone owners to have signed up for health text alerts.

Healthcare Apps – Smartphones enable the use of mobile software applications to help people track or manage their health.

  • 9% of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone.
  • Exercise, diet, and weight apps are the most popular types.