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What if doctor office visits were used only when necessary?

Doctors get paid exclusively for office visits. So, they keep happening, because money. But what would happen if the primary means of communicating with your doctor and care team was online and a message could be sent at any time of any day ...

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What is Virtual Primary Care (VPC)?

VPC is a new genre of primary care.  It’s “mobile-first healthcare.” It is an ongoing relationship you have with the same doctors, who deliver cost-effective care conveniently online via a secure, HIPAA-compliant mobile and web app. VPC’s main mode of communication and problem solving ...

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What is an Episode of Care?

“Episodes of care” are created by Sherpaa members on desktop, iPhone, or Android. Here are the types of episodes: They can last anywhere from, say: 3 days for a UTI 3 weeks for a pneumonia 3 months for a breast cancer scare As a patient, what are you ...

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Matching the right primary care tool to the needs of each person

Yesterday, I posted a chart detailing the characteristics of new and traditional primary care models. Today, I’m going to try to identify who would be a best fit for each model. The following is a primer on how primary care works, how people spend on ...

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Comparing costs and claims in a group of 1,000 people in traditional settings vs. Sherpaa

Let’s take a group of 1,000 and analyze how they use healthcare for a year. First, we’ll look at their traditional usage leveraging PCP office visits, specialist visits, urgent care centers, and ERs. Then, we’ll look at how they use healthcare with Virtual ...

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Four requirements to embrace Virtual Primary Care

Traditionally, in order to understand what you need when you think you need medical care, you spend time and money on visiting a doctor in-person. Instead of first incurring cost to understand who and what you need, you’ve got to believe it’s much ...

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Why would a doctor want to practice Virtual Primary Care?

After completing their medical school and residency training in some of the most prestigious academic medical centers in America, all of our doctors have spent over 10 years practicing in traditional primary care practices. They are well-trained and experienced. Just as importantly, they ...

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Why most health issues can be treated online, without doctor office visits0

Why most health issues can be treated online, without doctor office visits

Healthcare is mostly just communicating with your doctor and working with your doctor over time to solve your problems. Traditional doctor-patient communication only happens during office visits. However, we all communicate differently nowadays with our co-workers, ...

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How is Sherpaa Different From Teladoc?0

How is Sherpaa Different From Teladoc?

Telehealth (Teladoc and the other video/phone visit companies) is for pink eye and 30 other simple conditions. A doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat more than those 30 things is due to the limitations of a ...

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What is Sherpaa?

Sherpaa is the easiest way to get care— we’re experienced doctors available within minutes. For ~1,500 simple to complicated issues, use Sherpaa doctors instead of urgent care or primary care office visits. Just launch our app and describe what’s wrong. We’ll order tests, prescribe and refill medications, recommend ways to feel better, and even arrange visits and procedures with local specialists if necessary. You’ll always work with the same Sherpaa doctors — having a doctor who knows you is priceless.