NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Beam, the first pay-as-you-scale digital health app helping small medical practices easily bill insurance for the virtual care they deliver, as well as attract and retain busy patients, launched for doctors today at Health 2.0. Using Beam, small practices can expand their care to the growing number of mobile-reliant patients that expect quick answers, and on their schedule.
Keeping Up with the Modern Patient
According to the New York Times, office visits to primary care doctors declined 18 percent in recent years. Beam aims to help small, independent practices get ahead of this change and provide the mobile care that patients expect.
"Patients today are immersed in an on-demand world, and they have come to expect the same level of service of their primary care," explains Sas Ponnapalli, CEO of Beam. After launching his first successful telemedicine app Plushcare, Ponnapalli saw a huge opportunity in helping small practices expand digitally. "Appointment-based care is gone. In order to be successful in this modern world, small practice doctors have to keep up with patient demands. We want to empower these doctors to sustain and grow their practices, without having to decide between independence and joining a larger practice."
Helping Doctors Build Personable and Profitable Relationships
"People want to talk to their doctor and that's what we're here for. I think that Beam really is much warmer; it really brings that relationship together in our new digital age," explains Beam customer Dr. Melissa Morrissey of Battery Park Pediatrics in New York.
Beam's easy-to-use interface frees doctors to focus to do what small practices do best – building relationships and providing exceptional care. Beam's HIPAA-compliant platform has three main components:
- Texting – Patients expect asynchronous communication with family, brands and now their personal doctors. Through text, patients can send non-urgent questions to their doctor to answer whenever they are available.
- Call and Video Chat – Beam's platform allows patients and doctors to meet at any time and anywhere, in whatever way is most comfortable for patients.
- Easy Insurance Billing – Beam takes care of billing insurance so doctors can get paid for their eligible services.
"We are at a critical tipping point," says Viral Patel, Former Medical Director at Oscar. "Small practices are put at a disadvantage because of larger, technologically advanced practices have more resources to keep up with current patient demands. Beam aims to put the power back into independent doctors' hands so we can continue to practice the way we want – while retaining and attracting more patients."
About Beam: Beam is the first pay-as-you-scale digital care platform for small health practices. Beam empowers doctors to keep up with the modern patients' expectations for quick answers to their health questions. With the Beam platform, doctors can deliver outstanding care, increase their revenue and improve patient loyalty. Learn more at trybeam.io.