Today's BIG NEWS in healthcare

September 21, 2012

Mark L. Friedman, MD, FACEP, FACP

The biggest news in healthcare today is the opening / launch of First Stop Health.

Why is this important to you?

As healthcare in the U.S. becomes increasingly dysfunctional and harder to access (and it will likely only get worse under Obamacare), people need real solutions to get help with their real healthcare problems.

My 30 years of experience personally helping more than 100,000 patients is about to be leveraged, thanks to the power of technology, with the potential for helping millions.

The services we will provide our members are based on the knowledge of what people need and desire from the healthcare system. These include accurate, current, understandable medical information, convenient access to care, guidance and assistance in understanding and making choices, and help in obtaining cost-effective and affordable healthcare. We aim to make healthcare both convenient and transparent, providing a concierge type service, all at a reasonable price.

Think about what it would be like to be able to talk to a doctor at your convenience, from home or wherever you are, whenever you need or want to. The ability to find the primary care doctor or specialist you need and have confidence that he or she is a good doctor. The ability to get a second opinion rapidly and easily. The ability to have your own personal medical records, under your control, available whenever you need them. The ability to get current, up-to-the-minute medical information you can trust, and to be able to have a doctor explain it if you have any questions. The ability to have a knowledgeable health advocate help you with medical insurance issues or coordinate the care of a complicated medical issue or arrange a specialty consultation. All these things and more are now possible with First Stop Health.

The healthcare system needs to be more responsive to the real needs of patients. The government is not going to do this. Neither is the insurance industry or the medial establishment. First Stop Health is focused on making this a reality. With your help and input we will continually get better over time.

Wishing you the best of health,

Mark L Friedman MD FACEP FACP and the staff at First Stop Health

Originally published Sep 21, 2012 5:00:57 AM.