Can the Internet revive the Doctor-patient relationship?

by on 04/21/11 at 12:20 am

Can the Internet revive the Doctor-patient relationship?

I’m aware that this has nothing to do with Financing Medical Receivables, but I wanted to share with you a very interesting tool that can greatly benefit a new or existing medical practice.

Last week I came across a young doctor who wanted to be an old fashioned medical provider.  He wanted to provide care to the uninsured people in his community who lived close enough for him to walk to or ride his bike to.

He set up a website (for about $1500), didn’t need an office or staff, and kept  his overhead at about 10%, compared to regular doctors who spend about 65%-70% of their revenue on overhead. And his practice was profitable within a few days. He followed this simple process:

1)     A patient visits the doctor’s website

2)     On the website, the patient finds the doctor’s  Google calendar

3)     The patient chooses a time, inputs his/her symptoms, and a call back phone #

4)     The doctor’s iphone (or another device) generates an alert pop-up

5)     The doctor makes a house call to the patient to set up a meeting and provide payment details

6)     24 hours prior to the meeting the doctor receives a payment via paypal

7)     The doctor follows up by email, IM, videochat, or in person

This provider was using technology as a way to complement the real life relationship he had with his patients. His dream of being an accessible neighborhood doctor had become a reality.

 

Alleon Capital Partners, LLC., headquartered in White Plains, NY, is a financial services company specializing in healthcare financing. ACP provides loans and purchases accounts receivable portfolios from medical providers nationwide.  For more info, please visit www.alleoncapital.com.

 

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