Linthicum, MD – Starting today, Maryland Physicians Care members can skip a trip to urgent care or the ER, instead using instant message or video chat to talk to a local doctor at no cost. From their computer or smart phone, members can ask questions, show symptoms, get a diagnosis and receive treatment (including many prescriptions) from a local ER physician through MyVirtualMPC.
“We are excited to offer MyVirtualMPC to our members. Now they’ll be able to easily access a local doctor online and get an immediate response,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderver, chief medical officer of Maryland Physicians Care. “The platform allows text or video chat with a doctor on-demand – without having to worry about long wait times or the time of day.”
With MyVirtualMPC, powered by CirrusMD and Sky Physicians, members can get answers to their questions from a local, board certified doctor 9a.m. – 9p.m. Questions can range from: “Can I take these medications at the same time?” to “Do I need to go to the ER for stitches?” to “Should I worry about this rash?”
“Members can securely send messages, images, and even video chat with a local doctor to help them avoid unnecessary trips to the ER, urgent care, or their physician’s office,” said Dr. Vanderver. “All that adds up to more convenience for our members and less time waiting in the emergency room.”
The platform will be staffed by local doctors at Sky Physicians and have common medical direction for seamless team-based continuity of care. Meaning if a patient needs to “stay in touch” with the doctor over a matter of hours, days, or until they can get into see their primary doctor they will have a doctor that’s familiar with their symptoms and diagnosis.
Members can register for the platform by going to MyVirtualMPC.com and downloading the app to their smart phone by searching for MyVirtualMPC on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Once signed in, members just have to answer three simple questions before they can start messaging with a doctor.
Maryland Physicians Care: Maryland Physicians Care is a statewide Medicaid managed care organization that has provided its members free, quality health care since 1997. Maryland Physicians Care, locally owned by several well-known and respected hospital systems; Holy Cross Health, Meritus Health, Western Maryland Health System and St Agnes Healthcare offers valuable benefits and services with absolutely no copays to more than 200,000 qualifying children, pregnant women and adults. For more information about Maryland Physicians Care visit our website: www.marylandphysicianscare.com.
Sky Physicians: Sky Physicians is a telemedicine physician staffing solution focusing on the mid-Atlantic region. We work with payers, employers, and hospital systems to support their value-based care initiatives through the use of innovative technology solutions. Our board certified Emergency Medicine physicians can help reduce unnecessary utilization of healthcare resources, helping reduce healthcare spend and absenteeism. To learn more about Sky Physicians LLC, visit our website: www.skyphysicians.com.
CirrusMD Founded in 2012, CirrusMD develops virtual care solutions for value-based healthcare organizations. Our technology allows patients to access convenient, timely medical care with local physicians in the same way that doctors address concerns for their friends and family – through text and video chat. The company currently provides telemedicine services to over 1.2 million covered lives, primarily in Colorado, Maryland, and Texas. Learn more about CirrusMD on our website: www.cirrusmd.com.