Telemedicine continues to go mainstream as more pharmacy chains introduce remote consults within corner drug stores.
NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to offer remote access to NYP physicians on Walgreens’ website and at self-service kiosks at select Walgreens-owned Duane Reade drugstores in New York -- while CVS has a similar arrangement with the Cleveland Clinic. This builds on Walgreens’ efforts already underway with telehealth provider MDLive in dozens of states where customers can access U.S. board-certified doctors, 24 hours a day, on Walgreens’ site. Often these professionals are located in the same communities as the Walgreens’ customers.
The first NewYork-Presbyterian NYP OnDemand kiosk has opened at the Duane Reade store at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan. More locations will open in 2018. The kiosks are located in private rooms within the stores and offer examination, diagnosis and treatment of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries via NewYork-Presbyterian’s OnDemand Urgent Care program. Walgreens is using telemedicine technology from vendor American Well.
Patients simply touch a button to make contact with board-certified Weill Cornell Medicine emergency medicine physicians, who conduct patient examinations through a high-definition video conference. At the end of the exam, if a physician writes a prescription, it can be sent to the patient’s preferred pharmacy.
Now, for a little fun. Researchers put together a list of "holiday-themed" ICD-10 codes in recognition of the unique patient cases that spike in volume during this time of year.
For the list, researchers used a database of about 9 billion health insurance claims, focusing on last year's holiday season.
Here is a list of the number of patients diagnosed with these codes from November 2016 to January 2017. They are listed from greatest to least number of patients.
1. "Fall due to ice and snow" — 29,700 patients
2. "Fall from ladder" — 11,700 patients
3. "Superficial frostbite" — 9,700 patients
4. "Activity, sledding" — 8,900 patients
5. "Shopping mall as place of injury" — 2,400 patients
6. "Activity, cooking and baking" — 1,600 patients
7. "Fall from tree" — 1,400 patients
8. "Problems in relationship with in-laws" — 200
9. "Airport as place of injury" — 200
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