We’ve been tracking the confluence of healthcare delivery and private industry, especially among tech companies, for some time now. The latest could be a move that ultimately puts Amazon in direct competition with urgent care centers for some patients.
If you’ve worked in more than one setting—say, a traditional primary care office and an urgent care center—you’ve probably noticed differing patient preferences. It’s self-evident, for example, that patient who go to urgent care centers prioritize being able to see a provider today over waiting a few days to see their “regular” doctor.
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Despite your best efforts—and those of your colleagues, employers, and the entire U.S. healthcare system—and the highest flu-related death toll in decades last year, many adults have no intention of getting a flu shot this year, according to data just released by NORC (formerly known as the National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago. Nearly 41% of adults surveyed hadn’t been immunized as of mid-November and said they weren’t planning to this year.
As patients start to feel the effects of the 2018–2019 influenza season, urgent care centers can expect to see visits by patients with related symptoms increase. Providers must be prepared to identify and treat patients most at risk for complications and poor outcomes—armed with old standbys and a newly approved antiviral agent.
Fabrizia Faustinella, MD, PhD, FACP Department of Family and Community Medicine Baylor College of Medicine Urgent care operators eager to set themselves apart from the pack are looking at expanding their ability to offer emerging services with ultrasound. To ensure the investment reaps dividends, you and your team will need to understand its place in diagnostics. When is it the “right” choice as opposed to other modalities?
For the first time in two decades, the Food and Drug Administration has approved use of a new drug to treat acute uncomplicated influenza in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for ≤48 hours. While that’s great news in the wake of last year’s rough flu season, urgent care providers must be aware of the need for timely diagnosis—and pass that message along to patients. With less than 2 days to treat, starting with the appearance of systems, quick diagnosis is essential.
Urgent care centers exist to help people who need to see a healthcare professional today. When that need coincides with a natural or man-made disaster, every location must have a plan of action to ensure any downtime is minimal, staff needs are met, and the business is able to survive.
The first installment of the Innovators in Urgent Care Experience, sponsored by Konica Minolta, focuses on ways to create return customers through walk-in primary care services,
Thomas H. Scott, DO, MBA, FACEP, the chief medical officer for ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care. shares insights into how the unique offerings of urgent care can help fill the void between family practice and the ED, and how providing exceptional patient-centric care and improved access at a competitive cost for the patient creates a healthy business proposition.
Advances in technology have smoothed many of the rough spots in keeping patient records, billing, and communication. The flip side of that is that healthcare consumers become more demanding all the time. Healthcare providers need to increase their focus on patient engagement to keep up. Urgent care operators actually have a great advantage in this area, as the nature of our business is inherently more consumer-oriented than, say, a traditional primary care office.