Activ Doctors Online was once again proud sponsor of the 2017 Business of Health Care Conference, hosted by the University of Miami School of Business Administration this past Friday.
The theme for this year’s conference was the ‘Post Election’ evolution of the healthcare industry and attracted more than 800 attendees. The event was organized and hosted by Prof. Steve Ullman, Director of the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy in the School of Business Administration.
Activ4Pets Founder and CEO, Florent Monssoh introduced the panel discussion entitled ‘Healthcare Policies Under the Trump Administration,’ with a short speech emphasizing the ongoing importance of telemedicine in both human and animal patient care.
“Why do I need Pet Insurance?” Is something I hear a lot. But, yes, pet insurance is very important! Policies stuffed with confusing jargon (co-pays, deductibles and caps) alone can be enough to put some pet parents off from signing up. Then there’s the costs involved. But our beloved furry family members deserve the very best. After all, they frequently do unexpected things, putting their own health – and sometimes your wallet – on the line.
So you’re heading back home to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. But, this being a family holiday, you don’t want to leave your fur babies behind! Maybe you’re taking a short drive, or perhaps you’re flying. How ever you’re getting to your destination of choice, Activ4Pets wants to provide the very best pet travel advice.
Have you ever needed to be in two places at once? Like at work and the veterinarian’s office? What if I told you that it’s actually possible to do both…
Pets are our beloved family members and we want the absolute best for them. Maybe they have an immediate health issue – like a limp or loss of appetite – one you might not necessarily class as an emergency. While you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, it might not always be practical to visit the vet right away.
Of course, most pet parents realize a visit to an emergency veterinary clinic can be costly. And an appointment takes time out of your already hectic day; what with work, kids and any number of additional responsibilities. It can be extremely frustrating having to wait several days until your schedule opens up enough to travel to the vets – especially when all you need is some professional advice and peace of mind! Wouldn’t it just be easier to pick up the phone (or equivalent) and call the vet for these kinds of issues? Well, it has been possible for many years now to speak to a human healthcare specialist (physician, nurse, psychologist, etc) via webcam, obtain the advice you need and continue with your day. Effectively allowing you to be in two places at once – without the travel and waiting times!
It’s called Telemedicine or Telehealth and the same technology is being adopted in the veterinary industry to meet the needs of modern pet owners. Veterinary telemedicine is opening virtual doors before, during and after normal clinic hours to accommodate pet parents whose needs might not warrant an emergency, but getting that reassurance could very well make their day!
How Does it Work?
Surprisingly, there are many routine pet health issues which can be discussed within a Telemedicine environment, instead of visiting in person. By doing a virtual visit you can quickly ascertain whether or not the health issue is an emergency – just to be on the safe side. As an experienced veterinarian, I can tell you many clients bring in cases which they believe to be emergencies – but simply aren’t. Allow me to elaborate.
Let’s say you wake up one morning and your older Labrador is circling to the left and has a strange eye rotation (nystagmus). While this is an alarming sight, it might not necessarily be an emergency.
So what are your options? Take an hour or two off work to rush over to the emergency veterinarians? Do nothing and hope for the best? By using Telemedicine, you could simply request a virtual consultation and speak directly to a seasoned, professional veterinarian with two-way audio and video. The doctor could observe the behavior and the nystagmus, ask questions and provide their recommendation – and you wouldn’t have a traumatic drive to endure!
In the case above, I would explain the likelihood of Canine Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome (very common among older dogs) and make further recommendations depending on what I observed during the consult.
Telemedicine in the the Workplace
Activ4Pets recently launched a benefit system that provides these e-Consultations and more to companies with pet-owning employees. Basically, it gives staff the option to consult with a licensed vet from home or the office, instead of taking time off work. While it does help to improve office productivity, the system also allows each member to take full control of their pet’s health.
You’d also get a full online veterinary history (vaccinations, allergies, medications, medical documents and more for up to four pets) which you can access on your mobile phone or computer. If you ever did need to schedule an e-Consult, the added bonus is that the interaction would be completely secure (military-level encryption) and the veterinarian would have full access to your pet’s complete medical history to make more informed decisions.
Also included is one second medical opinion (for serious or chronic health conditions) as well as unlimited access to our vet chat service.
Conditions from the following list can be addressed via virtual consultation: pet parasites (worms, ticks, fleas, lice, insect bites), orthopedic issues (limping, stiffness, pain), ear problems , eye problems, weight loss, inappetence, motion sickness, coughing and many more.
If you think your employer might be interested in adopting Activ4Pets as a benefit, we can be reached by email email@example.com or by phone on 855-738-3282 (toll free). We also have individual memberships available via our sign up page.
Meet the Author
Dr. Clayton Jones
Dr. Jones has 25 years of veterinary medical experience as a staff veterinarian and medical director of his own practice. As well as being the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Activ4Pets, Dr. Jones is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society and President of the US-Cuba Veterinary Cooperation Society.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our new IT partnership with Shelter Buddy. Headquartered in Queensland, Australia, Shelter Buddy is a multi-functional database that assists animal welfare organizations around the world with the cataloguing and data management of the pets in their care.
As an organization committed to animal welfare, Activ4Pets is delighted to be working alongside such a renowned and innovative company. Shelter Buddy CEO Mark Townend comments, ‘At Shelter Buddy we are always looking to incorporate new technology solutions to enable our animal shelter partners gain efficiency and resources that help further their mission of saving animal lives.
‘As a result, we are thrilled to launch our partnership and IT integration with Activ4Pets. Connecting our software with Activ4Pets platform enables our shelter partners to seamlessly transfer all their adopted pets’ information and health records to the new owners’ mobile phones without lifting a finger. The exchange is completed automatically on the day of adoption, so the information is available as soon as the pet adopter arrives home.
‘Most importantly, this will help shelter staff save time spent answering follow up phone calls from pet adopters to retrieve information like vaccination histories, microchip numbers or medications. They can now access all that and more from their mobile phone should they need to share it with their veterinarian, boarder, or groomer.’
Activ4Pets’ mobile app and portal serve as a handy communication tool connecting adopters with every aspect of their pet’s life. Pet parents can use A4P to consult with their veterinarian remotely via video chat, track pet weight and wellness, set reminders and even find pet services in their local area.
Activ4Pets Founder and CEO Florent Monssoh comments, ‘Since its inception, Activ4Pets has worked diligently in the Animal Shelter community to deliver easy-to-use, convenient pet health tools to adopters and shelters alike. Shelter Buddy will enable us to assist a much wider audience of pet lovers while helping more shelters focus more directly on saving animal lives. We are truly excited to be partnering with Mark and his team.’
Townend continues, ‘I commend Florent, an already successful global IT entrepreneur for his vision of taking a state-of-the-art human telemedicine solution – Activ Doctors Online – and creating Activ4Pets to provide the same high-tech health care benefit for the beloved pets and animal welfare organizations around the globe. Through our partnership, I look forward to continuing to innovate with Activ4Pets for the benefit of animal shelters and pets.’