College students don’t have to leave their beds when sick anymore if they’re enrolled in Brentwood-based Campus Rx.
College students don’t have to leave their beds when sick anymore if they’re enrolled in Brentwood-based Campus Rx, a telemedicine service hoping to position itself as the preferred provider for students who are always on-the-go.
The company was recently launched by founder and ER physician Dr. Dorsha James and benefit specialists Donn Beam and Corey Carney.
By providing their service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the innovators of Campus Rx are hoping to serve as an adjunct to student health centers and an alternative to urgent care clinics and expensive ER visits for non-emergency conditions.
“After recognizing the growing trend of rising health insurance premiums, the disappearance of co-pay plans and popularity of higher deductible health plans, it was the right time to launch the company,” Beam, who will serve as CEO of Campus Rx, said.
Campus Rx members don’t have to have a job or even health insurance to enroll. Subscribers have access to board certified, state-licensed physicians who can diagnose, recommend treatment and prescribe medication for a variety of minor medical issues.
Beam also explained that for college students, finding the time to go to the doctor can be a hassle. With Campus Rx, wait time is usually about 10 minutes from the time a patient requests a doctor.
“With Campus Rx, you can talk to doctors as many times as you want with no charge, as you’re paying the monthly or yearly fee,” Beam said. “If you have to go to a doctor in person, you have to wait a long time with a bunch of sick people in the waiting room, then you go in and the doctor looks at you for four minutes and says, ‘Yep it’s a throat infection.’ With telemedicine service like this, you eliminate all of that.”
The doctor then can write the patient a prescription and have it sent to the patient’s preferred pharmacy.
“This is also really easy for the students, because they can access it from any location with their phone, computer or tablet,” James said.
In 2015, Forbes Magazine reported advances in telehealth will be a game-changer for patients and the health care system. Medical conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, sinus problems, respiratory infections, allergies, STDs, urinary tract infections and many other non-emergency illnesses have been effectively treated with telehealth.
“Just like busy working adults don’t have time to be sick, college students are equally as likely to need minor medical attention at a time that may be inconvenient, often requiring them to miss class,” James said. “Telemedicine provides convenience without sacrificing privacy or quality of service.”
Customers can sign up and pay a small monthly fee, with plans ranging from $15 a month to $125 per year. With the subscription, Campus Rx members also receive a benefit discount card they can use for discounted dental services, imaging studies (such as CT scans, MRIs) prescriptions, diabetic supplies and labs.
“We have dental network discount, as well as a pharmacy discount card,” Carney said. “If a student goes on a trip, we have medical benefit discounts for that, too.”
Campus Rx doesn’t just offer diagnoses for common colds and minor injuries. They also have counselors available where students can call and simply talk to them on the phone.
“A lot of times if they have to go to the campus clinic, they might see someone they know and it could be awkward,” James said. “With this, they can sit in their dorm or even in their car and help is a phone call away.”
In 2015, there were over 200 pieces of legislation introduced throughout the U.S., and James explained most of the time emergency rooms are overcrowded. Telemedicine is a way to relieve that.
Campus Rx is targeting colleges and universities all over the nation, but in Tennessee they’ve given six-month complimentary service to students from six local colleges, including Belmont University, Motlow College, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee-Martin.
“We also are targeting trade schools, beauty schools and auto-diesel colleges,” James said. “It’s not just for students, either. Anyone age 18 and up can enroll in Campus Rx.”
For more information about the services offered or to sign-up, visit www.campusrxnow.com.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.