Physicians Rapidly Adopting Telehealth Practice as a Mean to Expand Their Practices
December 10, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO and BOSTON – American Well®, a national telehealth services provider and creator of the top telehealth mobile app Amwell, and Doximity, the largest professional network for physicians, announced they have partnered to bring telehealth to doctors looking to extend care beyond the walls of “brick and mortar” practice. Today, over half of the board-certified physicians practicing on Amwell were sourced through Doximity.
Demand for affordable, accessible telehealth technology is rapidly growing. In fact, 64 percent of consumers would like to see their doctors over video and 57 percent of physicians are willing to see patients over video. American Well’s full-service telehealth platform, Amwell, makes it easier than ever for physicians to practice online and see their own patients. Physicians find virtual practice appealing given the flexibility it offers, and Doximity offers a unique environment for physicians to join such opportunities. With more than 500,000 U.S. physician members, Doximity has become a go-to resource for physician career services, whether it be networking with peers to uncover new opportunities before they are posted or connecting with recruiters at an organization of interest.
“American Well is one of our earliest telehealth clients and has proven itself as a market-leading platform for doctors who want to practice online,” said Joel Davis, VP Hiring Solutions at Doximity. “Physicians appreciate their advanced video technology which allows them to interact with patients in a way that maintains the personal feel of an in-office visit.”
Physicians practicing on Amwell are employed or contracted by Online Care Group, the first national telehealth medical network. Online Care Group is comprised of a network of more than 600 board-certified physicians, dietitians and psychotherapists operating in 48 States.
“As a trained pediatrician who left brick and mortar practice to eventually oversee the Online Care Group, I know first-hand the challenges facing today’s physicians as well as the incredible opportunities presented by telehealth,” said Dr. Peter Antall, Chief Medical Officer, American Well and President, Online Care Group. “Our doctors are energetic, passionate, and innovative in their approach to care. While they may differ in terms of age, gender, and area of specialty, they all share a deep desire to deliver high-quality medical care to their patients –wherever those patients may be.”
Added Antall, “It has been hugely beneficial partnering with a brand leader like Doximity to help recruit physicians from all over the country and educate them on the value of telehealth – for both physicians and their patients.”
Why Practice Telehealth?
Telehealth is a technology that can be integrated into a traditional practice. Many physicians are actively seeking new opportunities to modernize their practices, improve access and reach more patients, all while maintaining work-life balance and flexibility. New technologies such as Amwell make it easier than ever for doctors to integrate telehealth into their current practice workflow and reach their patients outside normal office hours and location. Many physicians on Amwell cite the following as benefits of practicing online:
- Greater flexibility: Appointments are scheduled by doctors based on their availability and it enables them to work from home.
- More productivity: Doctors experience increased patient visit volume; are able to monetize care typically provided by phone without reimbursement; and have the ability to quickly create virtual care teams for chronically ill patients.
- A patient-centered care model that is here to stay: Consumers are ready for telehealth and, increasingly, are willing to change to a provider or health system that uses telehealth. In fact, 1 in 10 consumers would consider switching their primary care provider to one who uses telehealth.
About Online Care Group P.C.
Founded in 2012, the Online Care Group is the first national telehealth medical network. Today the group is comprised of a network of more than 600 board-certified physicians, dietitians and psychotherapists operating in 48 States. Online Care Group is unique in that its clinicians dedicate a significant portion of their working lives to the practice of telemedicine. The Group operates as any large medical group would, with clinical leadership and management dedicated to the long-term welfare of its patients. For more information or career opportunities please visit the Online Care Group site.
About American Well
American Well is transforming the way healthcare is delivered through telehealth. We make online doctor visits accessible to everyone for one-off care issues like colds or infections, and chronic condition management, such as diabetes or depression. We deliver healthcare into people’s homes and workplaces through our work with top health plans, health systems and employers, as well as our telehealth app, Amwell. A patient using Amwell can be connected to a board-certified doctor of their choosing in just minutes for a visit carried out over smartphone, tablet, kiosk, phone, or desktop.
American Well and Amwell are trademarks of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. For more information on our services, visit www.americanwell.com. To download Amwell and have a doctor visit now, visit www.amwell.com.
Launched in 2011, Doximity (www.doximity.com) connects physicians to make them more successful and productive. With nearly two-thirds of all US physicians as members, collaborating across every specialty and academic medical center, Doximity is the largest secure medical network in the country. Doximity is headquartered in Silicon Valley and was created by the founders of Epocrates.