Home sick in your pajamas? See a doctor on your smartphone

SCL Health partners with Doctor On Demand to offer physician video visits from the comfort of home

Nov 19, 2015, 10:00 ET from SCL Health

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- We've all been there. The scratchy throat. A strange rash. That unexplained ache. Now, getting answers – and relief! – from a board-certified physician immediately is as simple as reaching for your smartphone or tablet.

SCL Health is the first health system in Colorado to integrate physician video visits for patients. The new service comes through a partnership between SCL Health and Doctor On Demand, the leading video medicine provider. Doctor On Demand offers patients immediate access to a board-certified physician in the Doctor On Demand network from the comfort of home on any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. For just $40, the price of a typical co-pay, a patient can be seen within minutes for any number of common ailments and injuries. If clinically appropriate, Doctor On Demand physicians can send prescriptions electronically to the patient's local pharmacy.

"Patients today expect more out of healthcare," said SCL Health President and CEO Mike Slubowski. "Not only do they want to feel better, but they want the kind of experience and value that they get in so many other areas of their lives. This is one way we are delivering that experience."

This new service is designed to complement the established relationship between a primary care physician and his or her patient. Common uses for this innovative new service include: when someone is considering an ER or urgent care center for a non-emergency medical issue; for when a primary care physician is not available such as on weekends, holidays and after business hours; and for when a person is traveling. 

"We created Doctor On Demand to provide the most convenient access to high-quality, cost effective healthcare," said Adam Jackson, co-founder and CEO. "We're thrilled to partner with SCL Health and allow their patients to receive care from our network of providers. Together, we can provide continuity of care for more patients in Colorado, further improving and expanding the healthcare experience."

The SCL Doctor On Demand service is one of many ways SCL Health is working to make healthcare easier to access for consumers. Others include MyChart, an online service that enables patients to view lab results, request appointments, and interact with care providers; improved scheduling; and soon-to-open community hospitals (Denver-area only) that will bring advanced care closer to neighborhoods where people, live, work and play.

Top issues treated by Doctor On Demand include:

Cold & Flu                                                                  

Rashes & Skin Issues

Bronchitis & Sinus Infection                                       

Upset Stomach

Pediatric Issues                                                         

Asthma & Allergies

UTIs & Yeast Infections                                             

Sports Injuries

Eye Issues     

To access the service or learn more, consumers can simply download the Doctor On Demand app from the Apple Store or Google Play, or visit http://sclhealth.org/doctorondemand.

For interviews or a live demonstration of the service, call or email Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs, at 303-813-5091 or brian.newsome@sclhs.net.

About SCL Health
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.4 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our nine hospitals, more than 160 ambulatory practices, home health care, hospice, behavioral health care, and safety-net clinics in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $208 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org.

About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand provides Video Visits with Board Certified Physicians, Psychologists, and Lactation Consultants via smartphones, tablets, and computers. Patients simply download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a list of their symptoms, and are instantly connected for a Video Visit.  Doctor On Demand's unique offering for health plans and employers combines a $0 PEPM business model with the easiest to use, highest-rated consumer application in the telemedicine space.  Doctor On Demand has more 5 star App Store reviews than every other telemedicine app combined. To learn more, please visit www.doctorondemand.com.

Media Contact:

SCL Health
Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs