The pioneer in telemedicine services for extended care facilities (ECF), PhoneDOCTORx™ (PDRx) uses American Doctors Online (ADOL) patented techniques and processes to bring after-hours physician coverage to the patients' bedside. Since turning its focus to covering ECFs in 2005, PDRx has saved participating ECFs significant dollars by avoiding "bed-hold-days" when patients are transferred to the hospital. In addition, PDRx has saved the healthcare industry millions of dollars by avoiding unnecessary transfers to the Emergency Department (ED), as well as hospital admissions/readmissions. More importantly, PDRx has helped numerous patients avoid the discomfort and emotional distress of a transfer by ambulance to the ED and increased overall satisfaction for both the patients and clinical staff of the ECFs.
Patient is an 85 year old female with a fever of 103.5° complaining of a cough and mild shortness breath. The family is concerned she has not been as alert and active as usual ...
PhoneDOCTORx™ (PDRx) physicians are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine or Family Practice. As we expand our services, PDRx is adding additional physicians Board Certified in specialties, such as geriatrics, wound-care specialists, neurology, and psychiatry. If you are interested in joining our team please click here.
PDRx physicians are guided by evidence-based clinical policies that are developed collaboratively and periodically reassessed by the PDRx Clinical Advisory Board. Clinical policies cover the most common issues faced by PDRx physicians, as well as other situations that are less common, but very important. Physicians and all Medical Call Center staff also follow procedural policies that assure a consistent process for interacting with the ECF staff and patients and the provision of high quality care.
PhoneDOCTORx™ serves as the covering physician for a patient's primary care physician under the "covering physician model" approved by the Board of Registration in Medicine.
Patient is an 85 year old female with a fever of 103.5° complaining of a cough and mild shortness breath. The family is concerned she has not been as alert and active as usual. The nurse called PhoneDOCTORx and requested a telemedicine visit. After reviewing the patient's past medical history, medications, and allergies, the PDRx physician evaluated the patient via telemedicine. Based on the vital signs and lung exam provided by the nurse, the visual examination, and the history taking from the patient, the physician felt the patient had a pneumonia and was safe to be managed at the nursing home rather than requiring a trip to the ED. An order was placed for some antibiotics and Tylenol. The order was sent to the nursing along with a progress note for the patient's primary care physician to review the next day.
The family was very appreciative the patient did not need a transfer to the ED.