Securee Medical Inc.

Based in Tempe, Arizona, Secure Medical, Inc. (SMI) is a technology-based company that provides advanced telemedicine products and services. Secure Medical and its wholly owned subsidiaries focus on remote healthcare systems and solutions. Secure Medical also provides expedited ordering and payment-processing services for telemedicine clients.

SMI is a longstanding member of the American Telemedicine Association, the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and the Better Business Bureau.

SECURE MEDICAL LAUNCHING NEW TELEMEDICINE PLATFORM OURDOCTOR!

OurDoctor physicians are available 24/7/365 and provide members with convenient, quality medical consultations via HIPAA complaint video and or audio. Our physicians can diagnose many common conditions and recommend treatment plans including non-controlled prescription medication as necessary. OurDoctor.com wants to be the service to support you when you need to talk to a Physician or visit with them through an online video session…
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PHYSICIANS NETWORK

As part of the growing trend of telemedicine, online consultations utilize the Internet to improve patient access to physician care. Rather than the patient being evaluated with a traditional physical exam by the physician a very comprehensive questionnaire evaluation process is conducted to support the patient health profile. The physician reviews the patient profile thoroughly, and is contacted by the doctor using a HIPAA compliant video and or audio application and collects all remaining relevant data based on the patient responses.

Finally, the physician decides on the best care available for the patient. Affiliated physicians may issue a prescription for medication based on an accurate and completed medical questionnaire. Patients that fail to complete an accurate questionnaire or provide improper answers will not be considered for prescription medication. All medication prescriptions are written at the sole discretion of the physician.

We are currently hiring licensed Physicians interested in providing Telemedicine services to our customers.
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PHARMACYS NETWORK

Secure Medical contracts with only VIPPS certified qualified and state-licensed pharmacies to provide you with the highest level of pharmacy care. All Pharmacies are licensed in all 50 states, HIPAA compliant and will issue a Notice of Privacy Practices for the patient to sign and return and follow the HIPAA standards set forth by Health and Human Services in 2003. Each pharmacy that works with Secure Medical clientele must follow a set standard policy and procedures.

The pharmacy system software technology was originally designed in 2004 for our pharmacy network. Since the start, several advanced improvements have been updated and improved over the years to meet the growing demand for changes in processed data and to support the quick and accurate print functionality.

Only brand name FDA approved medications are dispensed from our network of Pharmacies. Depending on the State in which a prescription medication is dispensed, the applicable laws are applied and followed. Due to the volume of medications shipped by our network of contracted pharmacies, these pharmacies are able to acquire medications directly from the largest national drug wholesalers at the lowest possible prices. These prices are extended to our clientele keeping the selling price as competitive as possible.

TELEMEDICINE
VIDEO SOFTWARE

Doctor/Patient Private Video Consultation

In 2013, Secure Medical saw the need to increase patient care by giving them the opportunity to connect via HIPAA compliant video and or audio with one of the Physician’s in our network. We have developed and deployed this video feature on all our partner web sites as required by state regulations and have supported the technology to ensure fast and clear video connections.

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SECURE MEDICAL INC – Corporate Member of the American Telemedicine Association Since 2004

Since 2004, Secure Medical has been a Corporate and Presidents Circle Member of the American Telemedicine Association. A list of the current corporate members can be seen online, click here to view.

Over the years, many ATA members have created a great deal of Technology Milestones. Secure Medical has adapted and evolved while staying current to enhance our network security for our clinical and pharmacy associations as well as our consumer-based visitors. We have the highest degree of confidence that our administrative systems and platforms are amongst the most secure and confidential while providing an accommodating experience.

As a Nation, we have a lot of work ahead of us that will require the full support of the Federal and State Governments. The ATA just published a 2014 Telemedicine Policy Priorities and it has some very key objectives that we support and hope to encourage our Governments to adopt over the next few years.

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SECURE MEDICAL INVESTMENT IN HISTOGEN TO SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH

Secure Medical, Inc. (SMI) has been a loyal majority investor of Histogen, Inc. since 2008 when they funded $3,625,000 towards research and development. Supporting Histogen was an easy decision for John Rao, President and owner of SMI since 2001 and Kyle Rao COO. John noticed the advanced biotechnology led by Dr. Gail Naughton, Ph.D., CEO and Chairman of the Board who founded Histogen in 2007 to develop treatments using regenerative medicine…
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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Certification Program Requirements

Select clients have utilized Secure Medical’s proprietary processing capabilities and data centers since 1998. In order for a company to partner with Secure Medical, they must meet or exceed the number of strict requirements as outlined in the Secure Medical Certification Program.

Once a company is in compliance with these standards, they may obtain our services and display the “Secure Certified” seal on their websites. Clients must also pass a quarterly compliance test to maintain their certification.

The Certification Program also requires clients/websites to meet compatibility standards about Secure Medical’s secure data centers and processing procedures.

AFFILITED PARTNER

Histogen

TELEMEDICINE PROCESSING

Safe and Secure Data Centers

There are 1000’s of pseudo-pharmacutial companies that sell so called real, name brand prescription medications online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in a continual battle to locate and shut down these type of illegal online pharmacies. In June 2013, the FDA was able to locate and close down 1,677 illegal online pharmacies, these websites were responsible for selling counterfeit or substandard medications, or were selling drugs without appropriate safeguards.

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There has been a surge in the adoption and implementation of telemedicine, especially with the coronavirus pandemic crisis. For this reason, the US Healthcare officials recently converged at the Becker’s Healthcare Telehealth Virtual Forum to address the challenges and opportunities in telehealth and virtual care. The following eight observations were reported.

  • Organizations that had invested in telehealth confirmed that they were well equipped for more virtual services even though some of the systems still faced significant setbacks following the increasing demand
  • Telemedicine has offered significant support to numerous US health systems, particularly during the pandemic. However, some of the significant challenges affecting them include lack of broadband internet access or video recording devices by patients.
  • Telemedicine in the post-pandemic era will depend on factors such as government regulations and demand for such services. It is, however, unclear how it will incorporate into specialty care.
  • Hospitals should invest in efficient and straightforward digital workflows for easy virtual operations. Besides, patient information should be readily available in the EHR once they are logged in for a virtual session.
  • Artificial Intelligence has not been fully exploited in telemedicine, and there are innumerable possibilities of integrating it into healthcare.
  • Consumer and payer demand will define the ultimate business model of telehealth after the pandemic. Patients will be provided with a range of payment options, while payers will have to integrate telehealth into their value-based care models. However, this changeover will pose a significant risk to the many providers still based on a fee-for-service environment.
  • Challenges such as government regulations and healthcare systems are bound to affect the future of new virtual care and telehealth services. As such, providers will have to partner with vendors to ensure that the new implementations serve the patient population equally.
  • Coronavirus has disrupted the training system for clinicians and patients on telehealth. However, healthcare systems need to advance their approaches and counter the massive demand for telehealth services in a limited time frame. Leaders proposed developing training materials in chapters that can be easily uploaded as platforms are subject to change. 

With all these factors in mind, telemedicine will evolve because of virtual healthcare demand to continue to keep people safe. 

The year 2020 has seen a tremendous increase in the number of people utilizing telehealth services. With Covid-19 still ravaging our social setup and the way we work, telemedicine may be the new way of accessing health care services without risking infection. It is safe because patients do not have to meet with their healthcare providers physically Telemedicine has been here for years now.

There is no doubt it’s the next best alternative in situations where the patient cannot meet with their healthcare provider. But, can this approach still be practical on patients with lung cancer? Let’s dive in and find out how it’s affecting these categories of patients.

Research
A study from Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease that was conducted using the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL), among other scales, revealed that patients who received medicine via telemedicine generally had a higher quality of life compared to those on usual care. The study was conducted on 635 patients with lung cancer. Among the telemedicine options deployed was communication through phone and website.

Longer Follow-Up Time Equaled a Better Quality of Life
The researchers embarked on finding out if the follow-up time on telemedicine patients impacted their quality of life. The maximum follow-up duration was set at eight months. It was noted that patients on telemedicine with a longer follow-up time had a better quality of life. Even in the shortest follow-up times (less than three months), patients on telemedicine still had a better quality of life than their usual care counterparts.

The Type of Telemedicine Used Had an Impact
The patients were divided into smaller subgroups to find out which type of telemedicine bore the most benefits. Patients engaging in telephone communications were found to live a better life quality than those using web-based communication. The difference in the quality of life between patients on web-based communication and usual care was not significant.

Lower Depression and Anxiety Levels with Telemedicine
Four studies were carried out on patients regarding their level of anxiety. Patients on telemedicine showed better results compared to their counterparts on usual care. Depression levels were also lower in patients on telemedicine, according to 3 studies on 287 patients.

Final thoughts
Telemedicine is an effective method of improving the quality of life in lung cancer patients. Even though the studies were carried out on a small number of patients with varying heterogeneity levels, it still proved to provide specific and unique benefits for an improved quality of life.

Of all the perks healthcare providers can get from medicine, saving time and money by serving patients on time is vital. Thanks to this platform, patients do not need to drive long distances to see their doctors. All they need is an internet-supported platform to enjoy healthcare services from the comfort of their homes.

Due to the increase in infections resulting from COVID-19, telemedicine could be the only thing that can amelioratedoctor-patient interactions. The need to reduce infections as a result of physical interactions in healthcare institutions is essential. As more people embrace the idea of virtually consulting with their doctors, containing the virus and other infections will be easy. With time, both the patients and providers can take advantage of all the resources needed to save time and money.

Until recently, doctors had no way of billing patients for the services they provided using telemedicine. But since more patients are coming out to seek telehealth services, the medical sector is looking to find ways of ensuring they get the patient-focused care they need.

In the past, healthcare providers only relied on telemedicine to diagnose patients with spine conditions. Patients were required to provide their details through the web forms of calling their doctors directly to request a review of their spine MRI. They could receive their results via phone or email. Once their spine diagnosis was confirmed, they were required to make physical visits to the nearest spine care institution for treatment.

The success of telemedicine can only depend on two factors, as summarized below:

  1. Virtual healthcare platform for doctors to connect with patients, Ourdoctor telemedicine service.
  2. Healthcare services need to comply with HIPAA regulations that allow them to know the patient’s medical history. This is in order to make an accurate diagnosis and develop the best intervention to resolve their medical issues. 

With these two factors working in tandem, telemecidine can be successful in taking care of virtual diagnosing of patients virtually. 

Since Covid-19 began its spread across the nation, the healthcare industry has scrambled to set up comprehensive telehealth services across the country. Psychiatric centers, therapists, counselors, and more have begun moving their appointments to an entirely virtual space. While this allows for safer meetings between patients and medical professionals, is it something to which all Americans have equal access?


The short answer to this question is no. While many Americans have gained access to technology like smartphones and the like in recent years, there is still a sizable portion of the population (roughly 30% of families earning below $30K/year) that can’t afford them. The number is even higher when it comes to owning a traditional computer (46%) and having access to a broadband internet connection (44%). Additionally, most working-class American families are not tablet owners.


Socioeconomic disparity like this plays a large role in access to virtual care. As medical professionals move into online spaces, they are effectively cutting low-income Americans out–and that’s not all. The elderly are overwhelmingly at a disadvantage when we’re discussing telehealth – over 77% of geriatric patients struggle with virtual care due to a combination of cognitive decline, hearing/visual disabilities, and anxiety.


Another group affected negatively by this telehealth transition are those Americans with language deficiency issues, including those with speech impairments and the lessened ability to speak or understand English. While video conferencing applications like Zoom do offer additional language tools to aid such patients, the fact is that the combination of virtual appointments and difficult language used in healthcare settings has drastically lowered meeting attendance rates for members of this population.


With so many populace members negatively affected by the switch into telehealth, the recommended course of action is as follows. First, audio-only appointments need to happen more often and in conjunction with video-conferencing software to guide patients who have problems using technology more fully. Healthcare providers also need to address the lack of information and educational content available to patients who have difficulty speaking and understanding English.

Telemedicine companies such as Ourdoctor, have had a positive impact and have narrowed the negatives that can come with using telemdicine. Ourdoctor is very easy to use. One of the biggest benefits of signing up for Ourdoctor telehealth services is that you do not have to have insurance. Visit Ourdoctor.com to learn more.

Are you worried about the rising cost of healthcare? You’re not alone.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health insurance costs are up a whopping 17.4% more than last year. The pandemic and its economic fallout have caused an exceptional financial strain on many people.

With uncertain economic times ahead, Americans are looking for ways to take care of themselves and their families for less. The good news is that recent advances in the quality of telehealth and telemedicine options and services like bulk buying of medications can provide significant cost savings.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced medical providers to change the way they offer care to patients. The government issued social distancing health guidelines to limit contact to ensure the virus’s spread was curtailed. Now, healthcare providers prefer virtual appointments to in-office visitations. We are currently in the coronavirus tidal wave, and more patients are going back to one-on-one visitations to the doctor’s office. Still, experts say that virtual meetings with doctors are here to stay.

Various health surveillance reports have indicated high patient
satisfaction with online doctor appointments. For instance, patients have realized that virtualization of medical appointments allows them to get healthcare services from the comfort of their homes, saving them both time and money. Additionally, it also alleviates workplace absenteeism.

Following the increasing popularity of virtual care, there have been changes in Medicare Health Plans to cater to doctors’ and patients’ needs during the pandemic. For instance, health policy providers must pay doctors who leverage telemedicine the same amount as physical appointments. Furthermore, cost-sharing among patients should not be more than in-person visits.

How Telemedicine Works

Established telemedicine companies such as Ourdoctor, use their virtual platforms to conduct online appointments. Others use publicly available software apps that include Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype. Both the doctor and patient must have access to a laptop, PC, or a smart device, although a high-resolution smartphone would suffice.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Telemedicine

Telemedicine is most effective when you need urgent care services, such as flu-like symptoms or minor injuries. Moreover, the virtualization of doctor visits makes it easy for healthcare providers to offer post-surgical care. That comes as good news to patients with limited mobility, eliminating the need to go through the hassle of heading to the physician’s office.

It is worth noting that virtual medical appointments are not applicable in every situation. Medical cases regarding acute respiratory complications or drug overdose require patients to go to the emergency room as quickly as possible. Additionally, virtual visits also limit the doctor when physical examinations are required. 

On the other hand, face-to-face appointments are appropriate for pediatric care because babies and children require vaccinations and immunizations. The doctor can better monitor their growth and development in a physical office setting. Overall, telemedicine is keeping patients safe by not having them be exposed to others in a doctor’s office. Depending on the severity of your issue, you can use telemedicine to determine whether your condition requires in-office care or can be treated through telemedicine. 
To encourage Americans to stay at home during a pandemic, many health insurance providers began covering the copayment for Telehealth appointments. Through virtual meetings, insurance companies hoped this financial incentive would reduce volume and stress on healthcare workers. This decision proved useful. Over the summer, Telehealth appointments skyrocketed more than 13%.

However, insurance companies intend to reinstate copay charges for Telehealth appointments. Starting October 1, UnitedHealthCare and Anthem began collecting copays for Telehealth appointments. Copayments will be the same as an in-person appointment. Doctors are aware of their patient’s hesitance to Telehealth. Many, such as urologist Dr. Chad Ellimoottil, wear their white coats to all Telehealth appointments.

While there are physical limitations to Telehealth appointments, Doctors wear their coats to assure their patients of professional treatment. They want patients to know that a Telehealth appointment is as necessary as an in-person appointment. With copays, patients will be even more skeptical of Telehealth appointments.

The lack of copays provided a critical financial incentive for patients in need of routine checkups. According to Harvard Medical School, Professor Ateev Mehrotra, in-person doctor’s visits reduced 60% since the beginning of the pandemic.

Many doctors are hopeful that patients who need in-patient care will feel more confident about making in-person doctor’s appointments without a financial incentive. Many patients who desperately needed care feared the doctor’s office during the pandemic.

Furthermore, many patients made appointments for minor injuries of ailments without a copay where they would otherwise not consult a doctor. This put a financial incentive on insurance companies to require copays again.

However, health care professionals worry that copays create another financial burden for patients. With a recession, doctors do not want patients to choose between physical health and further financial distress.


In the event that the patient cannot afford the copay that their insurance companies are charging, telemedicine companies such as Ourdoctor do not require a high copay. Instead, patients only have to pay a one-time visit fee. This is a more affordable method of receiving non- urgent care from a physician that does not require insurance. 

Top Reasons Why Telemedicine Isn’t Going Anywhere

Over the past months, COVID-19 has impacted telehealth and the entire medical field. Telehealth is not a new concept. Telehealth has been around since 1879, and in 1925, diagnosing patients by telephone had become more popular within the realm of medicine. Yet, there are multiple questions gaining traction recently. A couple of them are, “will telehealth evolve into a more modern system?” The second question being Is telehealth here to stay indefinitely?”

Telehealth Improvements

The fact that technology improves over time is indubitable. When looking at the innovations that have taken place recently, we can see that one of the determinantes that influence telemedicine is technology. This impact (and as the general field of technology, biotechnology, and science) will help telemedicine evolve and stay for the long term into the distant future. For doctors and nurse practitioners to be the most effective, telemedicine is primary healthcare now. IT is a fundamental tool for healthcare during this pandemic and has changed the way people commonly see healthcare.

Access to Healthcare

Access to healthcare is a fundamental concept that should make health equity streamlined and work for all people. To be specific, people that live in an urban setting should have access to healthcare without being unnecessarily exposed to COVID-19 while waiting to see a medical practitioner.

 For individuals and families that live in rural settings. Additionally, telemedicine will make healthcare available for anyone living in a rural area. A doctor’s visit can is simply, a consultation away via Smartphone or computer when telemedicine becomes primary healthcare.

Can’t afford Insurance

In the event that an individual cannot afford health insurance or Medicare, Telemedicine is an affordable option since patients can purchase individual visits using Ourdoctor telemedicine services. There are also family plan options for those who have family members that need to see a doctor. Telemedicine is a great option for all, as its affordability and convenience is the future of medicine. 

Artificial Intelligence in healthcare is no longer restricted to research labs alone. It has also improved many telemedicine aspects revolving around broadband technology and electronic data to assist and coordinate remote healthcare services. AI takes over the whole chain of clinical practice and patient-focused care by providing models of care and sustenance. AI can be benefical in the following ways.

Analyzing medical records and other data

One of the healthcare’s primary goals is to collect and analyze data, including medical records and history. AI conducts data management and digital automation to provide more reliable access.

Automation of manual, repetitive tasks

The cardiology and radiology departments rely on AI to analyze tests, conduct x-rays, CT scans and carry out other tasks. In the future, both departments will only focus on handling emergency and complicated cases where manual tasks need supervision.

Electronic consultation

Healthcare providers can diagnose, treat, and monitor their patient’s progress without making physical visits. The initiative relies on machine learning to provide support for patients with chronic conditions. Various apps containing necessary health information and medical advice will help parents living with sick children and other people looking out for their loved ones’ well-being.

Medicine management

 Through a smartphone’s webcam, physicians can verify whether they are taking their medications and assist them in monitoring their progress. People with complicated medical conditions, defiant patients that go against their doctor’s advice, and clinicians participating in trials are the primary beneficiaries of the AI autonomous service.

AI-led Telemedicine can revolutionize Telehealth applications.

 patients scheduling in person visits at a clinic is a chore of the past to find help to their problems. By creating automation, AI can transform healthcare and help handle some of the applications set out above. By looking at the multitude of tasks that AI can complete through the realm of telemedicine it is without a doubt that AI is not only innovative in medicine, but will soon become a requirement as our society is evolving.

While the global community may view the COVID-19 pandemic as a worldwide social, economic, and political impasse, the telemedicine system thinks of it as a blessing in disguise. Since the first case reported, medical providers across America have had to devise real-time remote access methods to attend to patients despite not meeting one-on-one to contain the spread. Now more than ever, telepathic medicine is proving to be the best thing to happen to both caregivers and patients alike.

A while ago, the Trump administration decided to lift the ban on legislative and regulatory restrictions to increase remote medical care. While its design reduces medical and mental services costs to increase patient satisfaction, the pandemic’s adverse effects on US citizens have caused the administration to improve telehealth. But will telemedicine be sustainable even after the epidemic, or will the regulatory restrictions be reinstated?

What it takes for telemedicine to thrive even after the pandemic

Telepath medicine is a complex initiative that can only thrive when specific conditions are taken into consideration. Since more than 18 million Americans lack access to high-speed broadband, the vulnerable populations may not benefit from telemedicine. Therefore, telepathic sessions can only be successful aspects such as high-speed internet between patients and providers need to be on their top priority.

They should also train patients on how to operate specific apps to access their caregivers. Again new fraud detection methods must come into play to uphold patient-doctor confidentiality. And since minorities are more susceptible to the virus and deaths, adoptions of such policies could be their only chance of survival.

Telemedicine is significant in filling the gap between the poor and the wealthy. People living with chronic infections, including diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and many others, can benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relied, and Economic Security. The bottom line is that the COVID-19 telehealth program will address all Americans’ medical needs regardless of their age, gender, socio-economic statuses, and religion.