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Meeting Mobile Patients’ Needs

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth Intelligence

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New Telehealth Services Cater to Mobile Employees

Graduate students of Elizabethtown College and the SEI, also based at the college, are converting nine mobile chapels at truck stops around the country into care centers, equipped with telehealth tools and services, relaxation spaces, a smaller chapel, and an area for traveling companions, including dogs and ponies. Backed by the Trucker Wellness Foundation, the SEI plans to open another seven centers in 2018, expand to some 100 centers in the U.S. and Canada, and then open centers in Africa.

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Taking Care to Where the Patients Are

A growing mHealth focus on meeting the health needs of remote workers is focused on tackling stress-related risks like hypertension and behavioral health issues through mobile health centers that bring the care to where the workers are. Could a similar approach offer opportunities for your health system to care for at-risk segments of your patient population?

Convenience is the name of the game for bringing care to today’s consumers who increasingly demand access on their terms. A combination of mHealth, virtual care and quick care centers in close proximity to where patients naturally migrate can boost the odds that those at risk will seek care and address concerns that might otherwise have gone untreated.