WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Heal, which has delivered over 23,000 doctor house calls throughout California, is launching in the Washington D.C. area as the first major market in its national expansion strategy. The nation's leading on-demand doctor house call service will be available on June 1st. Patients in most of D.C. and parts of Northern Virginia will now have instant access to an unhurried, highly-qualified doctor, in-home or at their office, at an affordable cost.
"The doctor's office is dead. No longer is great medicine tied to bureaucracy or buildings. Quality care is available at your home, on-demand," said Nick Desai, CEO and co-founder of Heal. "With each new market, we're closer to making affordable, high-quality healthcare a reality for all Americans."
Doctors in the home have the potential to transform healthcare through better outcomes and reduced costs. In fact, according to Truven Health Analytics, 71 percent of ER visits are avoidable and unnecessary. In Heal's first 23,000 patient visits, the company has driven over $6.3 million in healthcare cost savings, diagnosed 1,100 previously unknown issues and significantly reduced unnecessary trips to the ER by 62 percent for its patients, while also reducing unnecessary prescriptions, tests, and referrals.
"House calls are more than convenient, they're better medicine — for the patient and the doctor. Patients feel comfortable with unhurried doctors who can understand the patient in their home environment. This leads to more precise medical care and more satisfaction, especially for the doctors," continued Dr. Renee Dua, Chief Medical Officer at Heal. "All of this is possible when you change the environment from a hurried doctor's office to a patient's home. Patients can be relaxed and be more honest while doctors can see actual medications as well as the home environment — enabling them to practice more personal, more effective medical care."
As Heal expands to the Washington, D.C. area, it welcomes Dr. Kari Scantlebury, MD/MPH, as its first east coast Medical Director. Dr. Scantlebury, who is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, practices at Inova Fairfax Hospital and has served victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 with EMEDEX International to care for victims in Port-au-Prince.
"What I love about Heal is it gives doctors the ability to slow down and reconnect with patients," said Dr. Scantlebury. "More intimate relationships between patients and doctors yield better healthcare, more rewarding time in the field, and superior communication that's not possible in an office or hospital environment."
Heal doctors typically arrive within two hours, on-demand, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week through appointments made through the company website, by phone or via the smart phone app. Heal is covered by most insurance plans in California, and will soon accept insurance from providers within the D.C. area. In the interim, patients still benefit from affordable, cash pay visits that never cost more than $99. This is significantly less than ER visits and many doctor's office visits.
Heal is bringing technology innovation to re-humanize the practice of medicine in a way that is fulfilling for doctors and patients alike. We believe in making healthcare a more personal and convenient experience by creating a more efficient doctor's office in your home, that inevitably improves healthcare outcomes. Through the touch of an app or a click on our site, a highly-vetted, qualified medical doctor will arrive at your door, twelve hours a day, 365 days a year.
Heal is in-network with all major PPO insurance companies in California, as well as Medicare, and will soon be in-network with insurers across the country. Heal investors include Fidelity ContraFund, Thomas Tull, Jim Breyer, the Ellison Family, Lionel Richie, Dr. Paul Jacobs, and others. For more information, please visit http://www.heal.com/. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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