Lewisville, Texas. (July 1, 2015) – Teladoc, the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider, today announced that Idahoans will now have access to the company’s high-quality, cost-effective telehealth services. In a move to create increased access to health care services, the Idaho legislature passed the Idaho Telehealth Access Act in April 2015, reestablishing telemedicine access by allowing a physician and patient to connect via a two-way audio and visual interaction.
“Teladoc is excited to provide Idahoans with access to high-quality care through the use of audio-video technology,” said Jason Gorevic, Teladoc CEO. “Through our network of board-certified, state-licensed physicians, we can meet their health care needs — when and where they need it.”
The Annals of Family Medicine projects a shortage of 52,000 primary care physicians nationwide by 2025 – and Idaho is no exception. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Idaho ranks the second to last state in number of primary care physicians per capita, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated 41 of Idaho’s 44 counties as Health Professional Shortage Areas.
“Idahoans should be proud of the state legislators and Idaho Telehealth Council’s efforts to support forward-thinking legislation that increases access to affordable health care and cuts costs for the business community,” added Gorevic.
What Idahoans Should Know
Teladoc’s service may be used when a patient is unable to visit his or her doctor, such as after office hours, on weekends or holidays. Through Teladoc’s service, patients may receive treatment for non-emergent medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, ear infection and other conditions that impact both adults and children. Physicians may also write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances if medically appropriate and in compliance with applicable state regulations.
By managing its own provider network, Teladoc built the first nationally independent physician network in telehealth. Teladoc’s more than 675 physicians are board-certified and state-licensed with an average of 20 years of experience. Teladoc’s rigorous credentialing process and ongoing quality assurance efforts ensure the highest quality of care for its members. In 2014, Teladoc physicians performed more than 298,000 consults.
For those interested in learning more about Teladoc’s telehealth services, visit our website.
(NYSE:TDOC) Founded in 2002, Teladoc is the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider with approximately 11 million members. With 298,000 consults in 2014, Teladoc is on track to conduct more than 500,000 consults in 2015. Teladoc provides 24/7 access to affordable, high-quality medical care for adults and children experiencing non-emergency medical issues via phone, secure online video, mobile app or web. Through a directly managed network of U.S.-based, board-certified physicians, Teladoc delivers a 95 percent patient satisfaction rate with an average response time of less than 10 minutes. Teladoc is the first and only telehealth provider to receive certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its physician credentialing process, scoring 100 percent. Recognized by Fast Company as “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Health Care” in 2013, Teladoc partners with health plans, corporations, organizations and patients seeking accessible and affordable high-quality medical care. For more information, please visit teladoc.com, twitter.com/teladoc, facebook.com/teladoc or linkedin.com/teladoc.