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.

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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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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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The demand for telehealth by phone and video has soared recently due to health technology advancement, use, and network accessibility. However, obstacles such as cost, inability to access remote areas, the limited number of addiction care providers, the emergence of a pandemic limiting mobility, etc., can bar Opioid addicted patients’ from receiving adequate treatment. Fortunately, the use of telehealth by phone and video has surpassed all odds, and its use will allow the Opioid addicted patients to receive good healthcare services effectively. But, wondering how telehealth can help those suffering from Opioid addiction? 

Telehealth has led to an increase in virtual visits with addiction care providers

Telehealth by phone and video allows many patients suffering from Opioid addiction to continue with their medication to support their recovery. Currently, everyone has phone access which people with opioid disorder who have no access to a computer or high-speed internet or often lack stable housing can use to make audio visits. Additionally, through telehealth, the addiction care provider can easily and remotely monitor the opioid patients’ progress without actual visits.

Telehealth enables flexibility and convenience for addiction care providers

Telehealth through phone and video visits provides flexibility in addiction care services by making it easier to keep opioid patients engaged in care over time. Opioid-addicted people can risk overdosing. Thus, policy strategies that make it easy to stick to addiction care can significantly impact telehealth, and telehealth is a viable option. Additionally, addiction care providers can serve more patients using flexible online appointments and audio visits, especially for patients who can’t travel to treatment facilities. Some pandemics, such as the Covid-19 outbreak, hinder mobility and physical contact. Thus, telehealth will break this barrier, allowing opioid patients to continue receiving the best care from addiction care providers.

Telehealth enables addiction care providers to explore ways to outreach opioid patients

Over the past years, addiction care facilities have focused on opioid patients seeking treatment and are already in the door. However, substance addiction, a very isolating disease, is a condition that makes it hard for people to seek treatment. Therefore, using telehealth by phone and video will enable addiction care providers to explore more ways of outreaching opioid patients to offer them an effective treatment for better recovery.

The Bottom Line

Having read the above article, you have realized that telehealth by phone and video will play a crucial part in treating opioid addiction. The proper use of telehealth by telephone and video can lead to an increase in opioid addiction virtual care visits, allows opioid care providers to become more flexible, and enhance opioid care providers to explore more ways to outreach opioid patients so that they can offer treatment effectively. Therefore, implementing the guidance to increase the funding for mobile apps and assistive telehealth services will enhance telehealth usage by phone and video in providing effective opioid care.

What Is Telehealth?

Telehealth refers to using digital communication and information tools to offer and receive medical attention from a distance. Examples of technology include mobile gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. A healthcare provider could offer telehealth services from a clinic or mobile van.

Impacts Of Telehealth and At-home Testing

It is interesting how the health industry has revolutionized over the past couple of years. All this is thanks to the advancement of technology and people embracing the modern ways of offering and receiving healthcare services digitally.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, it challenged healthcare providers to find alternative ways of administering their services to patients without getting in contact with them. One of the significant impacts is meeting a new generation’s demands. Telehealth tools, as well as At-home testing, are being embraced in everyday life. Telehealth solutions and digital health companies are rising at a fast rate.

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a constant rise in the use of telemedicine. Both the doctors and patients report positive feedback using telehealth services. According to a statistic by the American Medical Association, more than 78 percent of patients were happy with the telehealth services. Below is a list of the immediate impacts of telehealth:

  • Make it simpler for those who reside in rural or isolated places to access health care.
  • If you have an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, keep yourself and others safe.
  • Make services more accessible or convenient for those with restricted mobility, time, or transportation.
  • Provide primary care for a variety of ailments.
  • Enhance communication and care coordination between the medical staff and the patient.

Telemedicine has grown increasingly prevalent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Technological advancements, particularly communication technology, have made virtual care possible. Medical professionals can now conduct diagnoses and offer treatments to patients through a screen. The medical industry is torn in half, with one half claiming in-person care while the other half exalts the benefits of telemedicine. Administrative burdens and employee burnout have led many medical professionals to seek alternatives to help them and their patients. Could telemedicine be the solution to medical staff burnout and shortages? Let us find out:

Staff Burnout

Most medical professionals work six-hour shifts, taking up two or three changes. The medical industry has the most overworked employees because the average person’s workday is only eight hours. Working twelve or eighteen hours a day, six or seven days a week, could lead to burnout. Many medical professionals say they have lost passion for their work and would like to work elsewhere. With telemedicine, medical staff can have more freedom as they do not have to go to the hospital to meet patients. The team can adapt patient sessions to suit their lifestyle, allowing them a better work-life balance that reduces burnout.

Staff Shortages

Medical facilities have been in dire straits since the pandemic. The shortages are causing employees to work more, leading to burnout which causes employees to quit creating an even more significant need in an increasingly growing negative cycle. With more staff wanting to leave their jobs, staff shortage will be worse in the future. Telemedicine could help many medical professionals work at their convenience, allowing them to treat patients properly. It also attracts people to the industry, which can help address staff shortages.

Medical professionals often suffer from burnout which leads to and is caused by staff shortages. Telemedicine is a solution worth considering to address medical staff burnout and shortages.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many patients were forced not to visit the hospital for treatment. The lockdowns and fear of the infection prompted digital technologies to keep hospitals up and to run. These advanced technologies enable doctors to monitor their patient’s health through digital solutions. So, what is remote patient monitoring?

What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a healthcare delivery technique that utilizes advanced technology to collect patient data. It is a type of telehealth used in the physiologic monitoring of patients’ health. RPM taps into cutting-edge technology to enable communication between clinicians and their patients.

RPM is efficient and effective and has an increasing adoption rate. According to research performed in 2020, about 23.4 million patients in the United States use RPM tools and services. It’s predicted that by 2024, these tools and services will reach 30 million American patients.

What Can Remote Patient Monitoring Devices be Used For?

Healthcare providers are now able to monitor their patients’ health status remotely. RPM tools like smartwatches and spirometers measure and monitor diverse clinical variables. They send the collected patient data to the healthcare provider. Also, these devices send alerts to the doctor if the values are out of range. Some of the clinical variables include:

  • Blood sugar levels
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Infertility

Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

There are several benefits associated with the use of RPM tools and services. They include:

  • RPM tools and services decrease emergencies by helping prevent life-threatening conditions.
  • With RPM, patients receive high-quality care as facilities aren’t too busy.
  • Another advantage of RPM is that patients are more engaged since they understand more about their health.
  • With RPM, there’s the prevention of the spread of both infectious diseases and hospital-acquired diseases.
  • The easy-to-use RPM tools help patients improve their care plan and self-management adherence.
  • RPM tools and services enable patients to improve their productivity at work since they avoid inconveniences and expenses associated with visiting the hospital.
  • RPM helps lighten the pressure of over-scheduled in-person visits by allowing doctors to provide the needed care virtually.

Introduction

Drastic innovation is the central theme of healthcare technologies. Telehealth solutions have been around for some years but came to their best use during the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Advancements in healthcare technology have brought about the use of:

• Digital tools
• Telehealth
• Electronic medical records
• Artificial intelligence

To transform our healthcare services and make them more efficient. Some of the beneficial uses of telehealth are:

• To the providers, you get the opportunity to reduce no-show rates and service more patients
• To the patients, you get an increase in care accessibility and a cut back on traveling and wait time
• To the payer, you get a cut back on the cost of transport and also low costs due to receipts for more timely care.

Telehealth and electronic medical records

This is a stepping stone to the evolution of healthcare. It is game-changing for professionals and patients for communication and access to care. Telehealth will extend beyond episodic treatment into chronic illness management and maintenance. Electronic medical records can be used to record data centrally in an online location, which helps keep track of individual health trends and more accurate care. This allows patients with greater access and convenient maintenance.

Digital tools

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the necessity of real-time, error-free data and the benefits of a healthcare system capable of displaying data without delays. Digital tools help in;

• accessing and analyzing data
• making critical forecasts
The usage of a digital tool like;
• Blockchain technology
• Artificial intelligence
• Big data analysis
• Quantum computing

Can assist in acquiring valuable insights to making real-time decisions.

Shortcomings

Telehealth is a fast-growing form of technology that might not flourish as expected cause of some barriers like;

• Variation in billing and reimbursement rates
• Limited and inconsistent interstate license of healthcare providers
• Access to information for telehealth practitioners from far-off hospitals.

Conclusion

Telehealth is something that our governments and health facilities should embrace and help advance to create a good environment in health care and help save lives.


As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic emergence has resulted in mandatory social distancing. Additionally, the international and national measures placed to control the pandemic spread have led to an increased need for safer ways to deal with the fast-spreading pandemic. Due to the increased use and development of telemedicine in the health field, the technology has proved to be the safest interactive way between patients, uninfected and infected, and health workers.

How is the use of telemedicine help those suffering from COVID-19?

Provision of continued access to necessary health services

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and its nature of transmission has resulted in social distancing and isolation strategies as control measures for its spread. However, telemedicine technology has allowed COVID-19 patients limited access to required health services at the time necessary through remote care services. Due to this, most patients suffering from various symptoms were denied immediate access to essential health services.

Additionally, the health workers can offer remote care services to their COVID-19 patients without fearing contracting the coronavirus through virtual care. Moreover, the health worker suffering from mild COVID-19 symptoms can also attend to the patient without physically meeting the patient.

Telemedicine has helped free up medical staff and equipment for severe illness cases.

Telemedicine technology allows virtual care for the very regular, essential medicare and yearly checkup. So, the available medical staff can serve more patients through online appointments from different localities in the minimal time possible.

Virtual care also helps create more spaces for medical staff and equipment for those seriously ill from the COVID-19 outbreak. Moreover, freeing up eliminates physical meeting and call for isolation, reducing the risk of acquiring the COVID-19 pandemic through remote care services.

Telemedicine has reduced morbidity and mortality during pandemics.

Due to the quick spread of the COVID-19 virus, the health workers deployed for COVID-19 containment are at high risk and greater susceptibility to getting infected. If this happens, the available medical workforce can decrease.

Additionally, if the health worker gets infected, the illness can spread to the patients receiving services from this medical worker. The patient can be susceptible to the extent of death. However, through the technological advancement in the health field, telemedicine, a wiser health care delivery approach, will help eliminate and reduce regular visits to health care facilities, reducing the exposure of providers and uninfected patients.

Bottom Line

Having read the above article, you have realized that telemedicine is crucial to continued access to the necessary health care services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Proper use of telemedicine allows for appropriate social and medical distancing with timely access to remote care. Therefore, telemedicine can help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic between people and their health providers.

Teletherapy is a common term for getting mental health treatment via a video conference call. Whether at home, in the office, or anywhere else where you can access the internet, teletherapy allows you to get real-time help from a licensed professional specializing in treating specific problems like behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression. The treatment often uses the same methods as face-to-face therapy but in a format where you can connect with your therapist no matter where they are located.

How Does Teletherapy Work?

Teletherapy can be used to treat individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health issues. It can also be used as a treatment for substance abuse, eating disorders, and many other conditions that require ongoing support and guidance.

For patients who have not been able to find relief from their symptoms through traditional therapy or medication, teletherapy offers an alternative way of getting the help they need. In addition, the online nature of the sessions means they are accessible whenever it’s convenient —without having to travel long distances or make appointments around work schedules.

Who Should Consider Teletherapy?

Teletherapy is an excellent option for anyone who needs therapy but can’t get to a therapist. It can also be used as a supplement to in-person treatment, particularly for people living far away from their therapist or who don’t have access to transportation.

Additionally, teletherapy is helpful for people who need a therapist but don’t have the right insurance coverage and may not be eligible for free counseling services like those provided by community centers or hospitals.

Teletherapy Is a Proven, Effective Way To Get Treatment

Teletherapy allows you to connect with your therapist anywhere in the world via video chat or phone call. You’ll still have all the benefits of traditional therapy—including the opportunity to discuss problems and receive emotional support—all while still being able to live your life outside of therapy sessions.

Telemedicine or virtual doctor visits involve audio or video calls instead of in-person visits. An ophthalmologist can detect common eye ailments like a stye or surface problems using your phone camera. They can then prescribe drugs or schedule an appointment. As you can see, you can skip unnecessary travel and get your eyes checked from home.

This is usual for glaucoma, cataracts, and pink eye.

How Telehealth for eye care works

Video consultations: Today’s smartphones have HD video cameras. You can video call your doctor wherever you are. The doctor can do a simple eye exam and advise you if you need to visit the hospital or prescribe medicine to treat your issue.

Remote monitoring: Say an eye doctor prescribed your treatment for a problem or say you’ve had eye surgery. The doctor can monitor your health remotely instead of visiting the clinic or hospital.

When to Use Telehealth for Eye Care

• You have red-eye and goopy discharge when you wake up, and you’re unsure what to do. Is medication necessary, or will patience and home remedies suffice?

• Talking about medication changes and the future steps is your primary goal, as you have persistent glaucoma that is monitored by a remote pressure-monitoring device.

• A recent increase in difficulty reading and nighttime vision difficulties have prompted you to suspect a cataract. So, what are your options?

Benefits of using Telehealth for eye care:

• As long as the weather and traffic don’t change, you’re free to relax in the comfort of your own home.

• A trip to the doctor’s office can be time-consuming and dangerous, so it’s best to avoid it if you can.

• Your practitioner gets to examine you in the comfort of your own home, where you’re more at ease. When it comes to diagnosing and treating glaucoma, for example, this could provide a more precise image of intraocular pressure.

Conclusion

Telehealth is a tremendous help in reducing the need to visit eye care providers in person at this time. In many respects, it provides a glimpse into the unprecedented future. It’s not out of the question that these visits will continue to be routine even after COVID-19 has ended.

In response to COVID-19, which changed how Americans think about receiving preventative care, doctors have ramped up telehealth services to meet the growing demand for such services. Telemedicine allows patients access to expert care quickly and conveniently, enhancing health outcomes. Since 2020, telehealth platforms have accounted for approximately 13% to 17% of all consultations.

Why Telemedicine?

The use of telemedicine is becoming easier for those with little or no computer experience. You can schedule virtual appointments with doctors, therapists, and practitioners via mobile platforms and websites. These are the most common diagnoses given via telehealth platforms.

  1. Asthma: Rural areas may have a long distance between an allergist and an immunologist, meaning asthma patients sometimes have to travel hours to get to one. Travel gets eliminated with telemedicine and is also a way to reach a wider audience.
  2. Diabetes: Offering diabetes patients access to and using diabetes care services via telehealth will help improve their health.
  3. GERD: You can ask your doctor about your symptoms using Ourdoctor’s video consultation to determine if you have acid reflux or GERD. After discussing your symptoms with a doctor, they will direct you toward the best treatment option.
  4. Hypertension: Telemedicine applications like BPT enable patients to monitor their blood pressure and other health-related data electronically via their homes or communities.
  5. Hyperlipidemia: Through telehealth, a physician may be able to provide patients with high cholesterol with advice about lowering cholesterol through diet, exercise, weight loss, and reviewing prescription medications, herbal remedies, and supplements

Summary

Telehealth has become increasingly common in the last few years, and experts predict that this trend will continue because it’s effective in diagnosing, treating, and managing several diseases.

Under Telehealth Program, patients with pneumonia, including those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Covid-19 but improving, can now leave the hospital early with continuous monitoring of their vitals and symptoms. Telehealth helps them recover while at home.

Please keep reading to know how Telehealth enables pneumonia patients to communicate with their healthcare team via text messaging, mobile health apps, video conferencing, email, etc.

Telehealth use During Covid-19

The Telehealth concept isn’t new! This remote patient monitoring program gained momentum in response to Covid-19 and the capacity crisis exacerbated during the pandemic. Telehealth enables healthcare professionals to decide the order of treating patients and offer advice. In addition, Telehealth enables healthcare providers to utilize home patient monitoring systems to check blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate, etc.

When to Use Telehealth for Pneumonia

Pneumonia can be a severe condition meaning that Telehealth might not always be the best choice. But you can use Telehealth for pneumonia under the following conditions;

  • You are unsure if you have pneumonia, flu, Covid-19, or a cold and want to seek medical advice.
  • You are only experiencing very mild symptoms without any breathing difficulties.
  • Your medical team has given the Telehealth go-ahead after diagnosing you with pneumonia.
  • You have a general question about your pneumonia condition or medication that’s not urgent.

Telehealth Benefits and Challenges

Telehealth addresses most mild respiratory symptoms that don’t require a trip to the doctor’s office. This remote digital health also allows the healthcare provider to ask relevant questions to help them make decisions.

However, sometimes your medical team might require sending you for a chest X-ray or examining you themselves. Such examinations have to be in person, posing a challenge to Telehealth for Pneumonia. Additionally, your Telehealth access largely depends on your insurance coverage and location.

Preparing for What Will Happen During a Telehealth Visit

For your clinician to explain the need for in-person tests or not, if medication prescription is necessary, following up on your pneumonia test appointments/results, etc., they will need to ask you lots of questions during the Telehealth visit. Therefore, it’s helpful to know;

  • Which type of healthcare professional will you have for your Telehealth appointment?
  • Will it be over audio-only or video?
  • Testing the audio or video call platform before the actual Telehealth appointment.
  • The information your medical team is likely to ask you.

Final Word

Telehealth could be a feasible option for speaking to your physician if you are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms and regular monitoring.