OSWEGO – Healthcare from a board-certified physician will soon be a call, click or skype away when Oswego Health unveils Care OnDemand.
Oswego Health will be the first in the area to introduce this virtual service, which is expected to be launched in the upcoming weeks.
To access this service, residents can use their smartphone, tablet or computer.
Once you have contacted the service, a physician will become available within 30 minutes of that call.
“This unique service provides convenient medical care to community members when they need it, wherever they may be, 24 hours a day/365 days a year,” said Oswego Health Chief Medical Officer Renato Mandanas, MD.
This new initiative was made possible in part with a $35,000 gift from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, which provides grants to organizations whose projects or programs are considered as a positive step toward creating a vibrant community life for the Oswego County region.
“We are very grateful to the Shineman Foundation, which recognizes the importance of this new service that puts healthcare at the fingertips of community residents,” said Oswego Health Foundation Director Karen Ferguson.
“Our foundation was very intrigued to learn about this new, virtual program of healthcare delivery being planned by Oswego Health,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of The Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “We were pleased to be able to assist with funding the roll-out of this potentially transformative service.”
The health system is collaborating with Carena, founded in 2000 and operating virtual clinics for health systems throughout the country.
To best access this care when it becomes available, community members should be ready to verbalize their condition and be prepared with a list of their current medications and doses, as well as their medical history.
The Care OnDemand physician may prescribe medications, which can be filled at an individual’s pharmacy.
Following a Care OnDemand visit, your primary care physician will be notified.
There is a fee to use the services, which can be paid by credit card.