Why Virtual Healthcare?

Updated: Apr 9, 2019

Quality care from doctors you can trust. Read on to see what you can expect from our healthcare professionals and why we believe virtual healthcare is the way to go.


Meet Dr. David Darrigan - DO, FACEP, FAAEM

Dr. Darrigan received his medical degree from The University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and completed residency at UTSW/Parkland Memorial Hospital. He then joined Physicians Emergency Care Associated, and practiced in the Methodist Hospital System in Dallas, TX. Dr. Darrigan joined TruePartners Emergency Physicians, LLC in 2012, and is currently serving as Vice President of the group.


In 2019 Dr. Darrigan came on board as the President of The Virtual Doc Professional Group and is dedicated to seeing patients himself. Dr. Darrigan has first-hand experience with a telemedicine program that allows a large trauma hospital in Amarillo, TX to consult with physicians and patients in more rural locations, even as far as Kansas and New Mexico. The physicians in Amarillo are able to see these patients virtually and give more accurate treatment recommendations, while the physicians in the rural hospitals have immediate access to the advice they need. Dr. Darrigan was implemental in the creation of this innovative program.


Dr. David Darrigan is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also an active member and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Physicians.

Some critics of telemedicine argue that online interactions are impersonal and they question the validity of doctors who choose to practice telemedicine. Are they real doctors? Can they really diagnose my illness via technology? How is that possible?


While telemedicine has been around in one form or another for decades, seeing a doctor through a virtual visit has really blossomed in the last few years. Recent studies have shown that 60% of U.S. households with broadband internet are interested in remote care. And it's not just urgent care services that can benefit. One hospital's study showed that virtual visits for patients with chronic conditions received a 97% satisfaction rate with the experience and "74% felt that the interaction actually improved their relationship with their provider". That's why we at The Virtual Doc truly believe that virtual visits are the future of healthcare.


In short, telemedicine isn’t untrustworthy. It isn’t impersonal. Our physicians are qualified. Patients will receive the highest standard of care. What’s more convenient and comfortable than being able to call a doctor from your own bed when you’re feeling ill?


For the record, we think robots are great (especially the ones that can assist in arthroscopic surgeries). However, we’ll stick to human physicians for your urgent care needs!


Sources:

https://hbr.org/2016/12/one-hospitals-experiments-in-virtual-health-care

http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/chs-2017-p8

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