The healthcare industry is in a state of flux, with the number of patients growing and costs skyrocketing. Vytal Health is an innovative platform that uses virtual reality to create a personal connection between doctors and patients. Their goal is to reduce hospitalization rates by 50% and create more personalized care for everyone.
What exactly is the problem with today’s primary care?
The conventional primary care experience has a high level of dissatisfaction: 81 percent of individuals hate it and are searching for something (anything!) better.
The bulk of unhappiness stems from the hurried, transactional appointments that are common in primary care offices: 10 minutes of questioning from the medical assistant, 5 minutes with the doctor, and a handful of prescriptions to “cure” the symptoms you brought in with.
Never mind if you just paid $40 on a sitter for the kids and traveled 30 minutes in heavy traffic.
This attitude does not sit well with any of us. How could we possibly be?
What women expect from their physicians
After listening to so many women speak about their health-care experiences over the years, and having had so many of my own, I’ve seen a similar pattern of requirements emerge from all of the discussions. Vytal Health was founded to meet these needs: to provide women with the doctor-patient connection they want, comprehensive knowledge, and the convenience of telemedicine.
What exactly is Virtual Primary Care and how does it function?
If you’ve never had a primary care physician outside of a clinic environment, the concept may sound strange. Let me explain down some of the most frequent questions we get regarding primary care online from patients.
- What happens if I need to see a specialist? Outside of Vytal Health, we may recommend you to experts. As long as those physicians are in your network, your insurance will continue to cover them. We guarantee a seamless transition and make it as simple as possible.
- What if an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI is required? If necessary, we may order them for you, just like any other doctor at your local clinic. Because the facility where these radiological tests are performed has a separate contract with your insurance carrier, the fact that the order originates from a Vytal Health physician has no bearing on whether or not the test is reimbursed. To prevent any billing surprises, we always suggest verifying with your insurer to make sure a test is covered.
- What if I require a physical examination? We can generally make a diagnosis through telemedicine since so much of how we diagnose individuals is listening to the information our patients are giving us. There may be instances when we need to refer you to Urgent Care or your gynecologist for evaluation. These conventional visits, once again, are usually covered by your insurance plan. However, there are some good reasons to take an exam. Keeping your gynecologist on board, getting a breast exam, and a pap and/or pelvic exam at the appropriate intervals for your age are all essential aspects of remaining healthy for women. Routine blood work makes sense for many people, but blood testing should be tailored to your risk patterns and those of your family. For example, not everyone should get a cholesterol panel every year.
- How about a blood test? A lot of the testing we perform may be done in the privacy and comfort of your own home. However, there are occasions when you will need (or want) to have your blood taken, such as:
- Some lab tests are just not possible to do at home.
- Some lab tests may be done for less money at your local lab and with your insurance. We can assist you with this. Depending on your deductible and insurance plan, your insurance should usually pay part or all of this.
But what about a physical examination?
That is an excellent question. The annual physical is a tried-and-true medical ritual that is typically the largest amount of time you spend with your primary care doctor each year. Surprisingly, the study indicates that getting a physical checkup once a year does not reduce mortality or detect illness early.
So, why are we going? It’s partly due to habit. Part of it stems from the idea that we are doing something to prevent illness and maintain our health. However, as a doctor, I can state that the physical examination is not individualized, and it should be. What you need during your 30-minute consultation with your doctor is likely to be very different from what the next patient requires. And it isn’t always accompanied by a physical examination. Doctors aren’t able to detect many indications regarding a person’s health when they examine them. The discussion they have together, which may be done through video, contributes to this. Consider how much information a doctor can collect in 30-60 minutes of chatting about your health. At Vytal Health, we do just that.