At Your Feet
Concierge & Telemedicine Services
Concierge medicine, sometimes referred to as “membership medicine”, started in 1996 with Dr. Howard Moran. Dr. Moran wanted to improve the patient-physician relationship and put the focus of healthcare back on patients. He did this by limiting his patient panel and offering unmatched care to his patients.
Today, both physicians and patients are discovering the benefits of concierge medicine and its similarly structured models. Physicians are able to decrease their patient load, spend more time with their patients, and lessen their administrative work, while patients have better access to their doctor, which can include same-day and after-hours appointments, house-calls, and remote telemedicine services. For patients, this may also mean less wait times, longer and uninterrupted visits with the doctor, as well as improved communication.
Twenty years ago, these services could have cost thousands of dollars per month. As concierge medicine as evolved, though, and other models have been created, concierge services have become more affordable, allowing the middle class, and even the uninsured, to take advantage of such boutique-like practices.
Dr. Falk truly aims to put her patients first. She understands that it may be difficult to take time off work to make it to the doctor's office, or maybe it is even strenuous for you to leave the house. Don't worry, the doctor is available outside regular business hours. She is also available for video visits and can be easily reached by email, phone, and text message to her established patients.
No more waiting weeks to get an appointment. No more sitting in the waiting room for hours to feel rushed with the doctor once you finally get your turn. With At Your Feet, appointments are scheduled to allow for an hour-long visit, including a comprehensive exam, discussion of treatment options, and possibly undergo any necessary procedures, all in the same day! After your initial consultation, the doctor is available for telephone and video visits. You can also text or email her at any time with follow-up questions. Click here for pricing details.
HOUSE-CALL VISITS (+ workplace, hotel, movie sets, etc)
Before the 1940s, the majority of physician visits were house calls (1). Physicians would travel to a family's home and were able to treat an entire family during one visit. As technology advances were made and more physicians became specialized, the number of house calls made a significant decline, and by 1980 less than 1% of visits were house calls (1,2).
Today, the pendulum is swinging back towards in-home visits and with good reason. It can save both time and money for the patient, and with the advent of telemedicine, patients can follow-up with their doctor through phone conversations or email messaging, possibly without needing additional home visits. Furthermore, patients can have the full attention of their doctor without interruptions and time restraints.
These visits allow working professionals to be seen around their regular working hours. In-house treatment can also be provided to elderly patients who require assistance to leave the home and/or who find it taxing to leave the house. Patients are able to get the full attention of the doctor without interruptions and time restraints.
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REMOTE TELEMEDICINE SERVICES
With advances in technology, staying in closer communication with your doctor is now possible. Telemedicine, sometimes referred to as telehealth, in its simplest terms, is providing remote care to patients, whether it is through video visits, phone calls, email correspondence, or text messaging services. And although it is still a relatively new concept in healthcare, telemedicine continues to gain popularity amongst both physicians and patients. Physicians are better able to stay in touch with their patients and can provide remote services from just about anywhere, while patients have a more accessible doctor. Appointments can be done same-day, after-hours, or on the weekend. Patients can also avoid the waiting room and receive longer, uninterrupted visits with their doctor.
Remote telemedicine services can benefit not only busy working professionals, who cannot easily take the day off work to see the doctor (or even take their children to the doctor), but certain elderly patients, who find it difficult to leave the house, are taking advantage of the convenient nature behind remote medical care.
If you are unfamiliar with telemedicine, it is important to learn how it works and what the limitations are before you decide to reach out to the doctor. To learn more check out the doctor's blog "Telemedicine: What You Need To Know".
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1. Herritt, B.J. (2012). The House Call: Past, Present and Future. UTMJ, 89(3),175-177.
2. House Call. (Last modified 2017, Aug 3). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_call
DISCLAIMER: The above information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns related to your medical health. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, seek help immediately at your nearest Emergency Room.