Campus MD takes telehealth to students
January 15, 2013 in Medical Technology
CampusMD has launched a nationwide telehealth service available either directly to students and their parents or through wholesale arrangements with partner colleges and universities. The company has partnerships with four institutions and is in active discussions with other schools.
CampusMD provides college students with 24/7/365 mobile access to U.S.-licensed physicians. The company bils itself as the only service of its kind that relies exclusively on physicians to provide care.
“CampusMD complements on-campus health services with immediate, affordable, integrated care,” said Campus MD CEO Devin Schain in a news release. “Participating students have around-the-clock access to doctors who can treat more than 500 common conditions as effectively as with an office visit, but at a fraction of the cost. Institutions can extend their health service’s hours without incurring infrastructure or personnel costs. And parents gain peace of mind knowing their children will be cared for while they are away from home.”
Schain said a successful beta test last fall provided a foundation for the new service.
[See also: Teladoc, HealthSpot team on telehealth.]
Students or their parents can purchase a CampusMD membership that includes unlimited access by phone or the Internet to a doctor for information, consultation and diagnosis, including prescriptions with a discount card. Students do not need health insurance to use the service. Alternatively, institutions can purchase coverage for their entire student body on a wholesale basis.
According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, an estimated 20 percent of college students ages 18-23 are uninsured and a much larger number are underinsured. “CampusMD bridges the gap between institutional mandates to cover more students and the financial capabilities of the student body. It’s the right solution at the right time,” said Schain.
[See also: FCC gives telehealth $400M boost.]
The CampusMD Advisory Board includes Kevin Kelleher, MD a family physician and founder of Executive Healthcare Services (EHS); and Larry Moneta, vice president, student affairs at Duke University.