Figure 1 is a diagrammatic representation of system 100 of MyTeleDoc application, withstages 110, 120, 130, 140, and 150 depicted according to invention purposedbelow. Stages 110 to 150 are for illustration purpose only, and should not beconsidered as exact representation of the invention purposed, nor should thepurposed invention be limited by the illustrations purposed in the presentdisclosure.In Stage 110, a user(John Doe) 112 is in need of medicalservices 114. There could bemultitude of reasons as to why John needs access to medical providers, fromregular checkup to second opinion, to him/her suffering from one or more ofvariety of ailments.
He/she could use the services of a family physician, a specialistor coordinated care across multiple medical specialties. John Doe could be achild, an elderly, a disable or shut-in patient, an individual that doesn’thave the ability to get to the doctor’s office due to other commitment orrestrictions or simply an individual who doesn’t want to go to a physician’soffice.John Doe may bea registered user (legal age, if requesting services for minors) on the MyTeleDocapp 116, and he/she can click theapp icon 117 and launch the user versionof the MyTeleDoc application 118 ontheir mobile device 116. Upon activation ofthe MyTeleDoc user app 116, stage 120 is initiated. Registered user(John Doe) 112 may be prompted toselect his/her symptoms (or symptoms of an individual under their care) fromthe list of symptoms 122, or type intheir symptom in the search bar 123and select the ones that best apply, or simply request the type of service. Orthey may just select checkup or consultation and click submit 124. The symptoms or service type, thenin one embodiment, can be communicated with the MyTeleDoc app server 135to determine a list of physicians that meet the user’s requirements. MyTeleDoc appserver 135 can generate a physicians’list 124 of physician’s that meetuser’s requirements and availability.
The user may be presented (on user mobile device 116) with one of the physicianthat meets the user/patient requirements. The selected physician may be presented with his/her photo,his/her credentials, and his/her rating. User may have the ability torequest for a new physician or select the matched physician, which can then senda service request to the chosen physician.In stage 130, MyTeleDoc application 118 on mobile device 116 can communicate with the MyTeleDocapp server 135 to configure and senda message to the user-selected physician’sapp (physician version) on the physician’s device(s) 142 (sequence A).
The next few stage are highlighted in stage 140 of the diagram. The user-selectedphysician 141 device(s) 142 may receive a notification on physician version of MyTeleDoc app. The physician 141 may be notified of request forservice from user (John Doe) 112,with a small description of their symptoms or type of service request 144. Then, the physician may be prompted to either accept ordecline the service. Upon acceptance, stage 145 (sequence B) may be initiated.
In this stage, thephysician can be matched with a nurse in the user’s (John Doe) local area 146. In stage 145, the MyTeleDoc app server 135 may utilize the user’s mobile device GPS feature (usermay be prompted to allow access) to locate the user’s location and locates the mostgeographically proximate healthcare providers (Nurse Practitioners, RegisteredNurse, Physician Assistant). All nurse practitioners, registered nurses,physician assistants will be grouped together and referred to as “providers”from herein.The app may identifythe available providers and may match the provider that most appropriately fitsthe appointment time and required background. The physician can be presentedwith the provider’s name, credentials and rating. The physician may have theability to select the provider selected or request for new provider.
After thephysician has selected a provider, the telemedicine server 135 may send a “request for service” notification to the providerwhich can initiate sequence C (stage 150).In stage 150, the provider 151 receives a notification on the MyTeleDoc app (provider edition)on their device 152. Provider may beprompted to accept or decline the physician’s 141 request for service. Ifthe provider accepts, notifications can be sent to physician’s device 142 and patient’s 116 device(s)confirming the appointment. In one embodiment,the addition of appointments to the calendar on physician’s, provider’s and user’s device(s) iscontemplated.
Further contemplations include automatic signaling of reminder(s)of the appointment to physician,provider and user.The provider then travels 153 to user John Doe’s house 154 with a Medpod156 (or a different suppliers’telemedicine device). The providerthen conducts tests 155 with theMedpod equipment 156, as thephysician guides him/her via video conference 157.