Startups like Gennev, 98point6, and Pandia Health have been working very hard to create a new standard of care for telemedicine. 

Providing constant connectivity to medical advice and prescriptions is what we do. If we can’t rise to the occasion to help keep patients physically out of hospitals and medical offices during this time, then we have failed.

COVID-19 is a painful pop-quiz on the fragility of our nation’s infrastructure. It’s quickly showing its head in Seattle, WA where Gennev is located, which many are calling the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. 

Northshore School District, one of the largest school districts in the state with nearly 23,000 students, is considering a remote education model. Companies are encouraging people to work from home, causing a 38% jump in the stock price of Zoom, a virtual meeting service. People are shopping online with 27% of Internet users saying they are moving to online shopping and another 58% reporting they will shift from store-front to online shopping to avoid exposure. 

And while the AMA reported a 53% increase in telehealth services last year, the opportunity for it to effectively serve the masses has never been more apparent.

Telemedicine vs the coronovirus

In the grand scheme of our constantly connected way of life, telemedicine is not as familiar to the everyday consumer. We have to change that. Right now, we have to help patients understand what is available in telemedicine and keep them out of the waiting rooms to keep space open for critical patients. 

So, here’s what’s available to patients with Gennev’s telemedicine service:

Secure scheduling for video-based appointments nationwide,

Medical advice and diagnosis – menopause and more – suited for video-based appointments,

Prescription support called into your local pharmacy. HRT or not, our MDs are prepared to prescribe the most appropriate medications for their patients,

Unlimited follow-ups for all patients who are also members of Gennev HealthFix with unlimited access to Coaches and Registered Dietitians.

For most healthy people, the coronavirus isn’t really a threat to life. However, many of us have elderly parents, or young and vulnerable grandkids, or people in our lives who may be immunocompromised for one reason or another. Maybe we ourselves are at risk of complications beyond the bad-cold symptoms of COVID-19.

Whether we’re concerned about our lives or another’s, or we’d just rather not be sick and quarantined, we’re all taking a bit better care of ourselves. 

Right?

Going to a doctor’s office can feel a bit like heading for the front lines, so why not skip that, save yourself a trip, and relieve a little pressure on our over-burdened medical system: choose telemedicine. 

Stay healthy

Whatever you decide, please continue to practice common-sense precautions to help you stay healthy:

  • Wash hands often and well.
  • Don’t touch mouth, eyes, or nose.
  • Avoid touching communal surfaces as much as possible.
  • Keep 3 feet/1 meter between you and any sneezing or coughing person.
  • Eat well, sleep well, get exercise, try to minimize stress.
  • Limit time around other people.
  • Be prepared for an extended stay at home —
  • buy a few extra groceries when you’re at the store (including some treats)
  • have enough of your prescription medications,
  • stockpile some entertainment.

And help others stay healthy as well. If you’re coughing or sneezing, do so into a tissue (which you then promptly and properly throw away) or the crook of your elbow. Don’t spit in public, and if you’re not feeling well, keep that 3-foot buffer of space around you to avoid contaminating others. 

Are you worried about the coronavirus? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts with us in the Gennev Community Forums!

 

Shannon Perry

March 5, 2020
Director of Programming & Media

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