“Teledermatology,” using online technology, gives patients better access to care, and quicker diagnosis and treatment
Thundermist’s primary care providers are able to deliver more timely diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders through a new e-consultation service. Physicians can capture and transmit digital images of areas of concern during patient exams through a secure, online electronic medical record. The physicians then receive a diagnosis of the health concern within 48 business hours.
Through near real-time consultations with offsite dermatologists, physicians can more quickly diagnose and treat UnitedHealthcare Medicaid patients – especially those who may lack easy access to dermatologists or other specialists – regardless of which medical office they are visiting. According to a 2014 JAMA Dermatology, the average wait time for an in-person appointment is 46 days.
“It was very easy to conduct an electronic consult for my patient, and the results came back very quickly. I simply transmitted a picture of the concern through our medical record, and a licensed dermatologist reviewed it and provided diagnosis and treatment recommendations,” said Dr.
“We are collaborating with Thundermist on this innovative technology to ensure our
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“We look forward to working with UnitedHealthcare on piloting this great innovation. While many skin conditions are non-life threatening, quick diagnosis and treatment can help individuals heal – and for some with more serious conditions, save their lives,” said Charles Jones, president and CEO of Thundermist. “This system puts more specialty expertise and support in the hands of the primary care provider, avoiding financial and transportation-related barriers to care for our patients.”
Thundermist and UnitedHealthcare worked with Community Health Center’s (CHC)
UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 300,000 Rhode Islanders with a network of 17 hospitals and nearly 6,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and