In Midst Of Terrible Flu Season, Patients See Benefit Of House Calls From Doctors
An app that lets parents sign up for an appointment for a doctor to stop by their house instead of having to take their kids to the germ-riddled ER is part of a growing trend where people are turning to apps over brick-and-mortar facilities for their medical care.
The Mercury News:
Think You've Got The Flu? A Doctor Consultation App Might Help
The growing market of on-demand and telemedicine appointments is booming this winter as the flu season continues its rampage across California. Doctor’s offices and hospital emergency rooms are overflowing with flu patients as the death toll from one of the worst flu seasons in more than decade has risen to 74, including 25 in the Bay Area. (Seipel, 1/23)
In other news —
Kern Hospital Employees Least Vaccinated In California
Last year Kern County had the lowest immunization rate in the state with only 70% of all hospital employees getting the flu shot. We hear it every year, medical professionals telling us to get the flu shot. However, the data shows their own co-workers aren't getting the flu shot. According to the California Department of Public Health last year at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital only 62% of employees got vaccinated, 65% at Kern Medical, 54% at Mercy Hospital, 52% at Mercy Southwest, and 78% at Adventist Health. (Platt, 1/23)