Adventist Health Getting Aggressive with Telehealth

Adventist Health Getting Aggressive with TelehealthWith telehealth expected to dramatically alter the scope and nature of healthcare throughout the remainder of this decade, companies in the healthcare sector are piling into the telehealth market with exceeding enthusiasm.

As telehealth initiatives continue to focus on rural healthcare, Adventist Health and Blue Shield aren’t wasting time in accelerating this trend.

The partners are behind a new telehealth venture aimed at helping people in rural Northern California communities access specialty care.

With this program, Blue Shield members can be diagnosed and treated by specialists from across the state through interactive video technology available at a local Adventist telehealth site.

“The program is for Blue Shield individual and family plan customers, including those who purchased coverage through Covered California,” The Napa Valley Register reports. “Available specialties include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, pulmonology, rheumatology, orthopedics, infectious disease, nephrology, gastroenterology, general surgery and spine surgery.”

The report notes that many specialists are Adventist Health physicians are contracted in the Blue Shield network. These specialists will be available to patients via video technology.

A member’s cost for a telehealth visit will remain comparable to their plan’s co-pay/co-insurance amount for specialist visits with an in-network provider.

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