How Today's e-Health Solutions are Lowering Employer Healthcare Costs
It's no secret that skyrocketing healthcare costs are having a negative impact on virtually every employer across the country. From small businesses to large corporations, healthcare is no longer being viewed as just another expense. It is now a threat to a company's very existence. While the government debates how to fix a broken system, leading healthcare innovators are taking action to drive change from within the industry itself.
One of those innovators is Dr. Alan Roga, a practicing physician and founder of Stat Doctors, a rapidly growing e-health company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. "As a board-certified physician in emergency medicine, I saw first hand how rising health care costs are affecting people in all walks of life. I constantly spoke with patients who were worried about their ability to pay for their healthcare and I worked in hospital emergency rooms that were struggling to deliver quality care in the face of increasing demand from non-emergency cases. The system had reached a tipping point. It was time for change."
Dr. Roga and his fellow physicians took a closer look at the area of healthcare they know best - hospital emergency rooms. What they found was many emergency room patients using these facilities for non-emergency treatment - an expensive proposition for everyone involved. "The healthcare system needed to connect those patients with physicians in a way that was much more efficient and effective, without putting a strain on hospital resources," Dr. Roga explained.
With these goals in mind, Dr. Roga founded Stat Health Services, whose Stat Doctors program provides innovative e-healthcare solutions that connect physicians and patients online or by phone. Stat Doctors offers convenient and cost effective care for patients while creating value for employers.
"We offer employers a quality, convenient and efficient option in providing care to their employees," Dr. Roga explained. "With a Stat Doctors health benefit anyone can use the service to connect with a physician who is board-certified in emergency medicine, anytime and anywhere they need care for many common medical conditions; even if it's in the middle of the night or far from home."
Employees can make that connection via web cam, smart phone or telephone to schedule a "virtual house call" with a Stat Doctors physician. In less than thirty minutes, the doctor contacts the patient for a consultation, diagnosis and treatment, which includes the prescription of any needed medications.
With Stat Doctors, employers can lower their total healthcare costs and reduce absenteeism with a service that helps employees feel valued and appreciated.
"Many of our first clients were hospitals and healthcare systems that provide our service for their own employees. They immediately recognized that Stat Doctors can reduce costs without compromising employee care, " Dr. Roga said. "Under the highest of expectations, Stat Doctors rose to the challenge by delivering a ninety-eight patient satisfaction rate and a superior return on investment. I think this is a great testament to our quality, safety and effective delivery. We are extremely proud of that," he added.
For more information on how you, your employees and their dependents can take advantage of Stat Doctors, visit www.asba.com/statdoctors or call 602-306-4000.
ASBA members: you just pay for your doctor visit– ASBA will cover the set up and monthly Stat Doctors membership fees! It pays to be a member of ASBA. Questions? Call ASBA at 602-306-4000 or visit www.asba.com/statdoctors.
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