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Doctor On Demand Joins the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

September 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 25, 2018--Doctor On Demand, the nation’s leading video medicine provider, announced its selection to The AMR Challenge. The AMR Challenge calls on governments, private industry, and civil society to commit to taking actionable steps that further progress in combating antibiotic resistance around the globe. Recognized for its clinical leadership and dedication to antibiotic resistance awareness, Doctor On Demand has made a year-long commitment to lowering antibiotic prescription rates by 20 percent for acute upper respiratory infections, including bronchitis, sinusitis and pharyngitis. Additionally, the practice will require two hours of continuing education training for all physicians as a part of their antibiotic stewardship program.

“We’re proud to join in the fight to save lives from one of the greatest threats to public health - antibiotic resistance,” said Doctor On Demand Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ian Tong. “Overprescribing antibiotics increases overall healthcare expenditures and contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.”

Antibiotic resistance threatens the world’s progress in healthcare, food production, and even life expectancy. Doctor On Demand joins The AMR Challenge, an initiative being led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to demonstrate leadership in the practice of socially responsible medicine. The practice uses a number of innovative prescribing interventions that encourage physicians to lower their rates of patients who receive antibiotics unnecessarily. Doctor On Demand will present this work at the upcoming Infectious Disease Society of America IDWeek Conference in October being held in San Francisco, California.

“We aim to provide our patients with the highest level of care and reduce their risk of ever developing a resistance to antibiotics,” said Dr. Tong. “Through our antibiotic stewardship program, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our doctors are equipped to follow their prescribing trends and educate patients on how to use antibiotics most effectively.”

Doctor On Demand offers immediate access to board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, and licensed psychologists via smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers. Members consistently rate Doctor On Demand 5-stars across the iTunes store and Google Play. Last year, Doctor On Demand became the first telemedicine provider to offer fully integrated laboratory services, advancing the range of services treatable via telemedicine and expanding the ability to offer chronic care management.

For more information about Doctor On Demand, visit www.doctorondemand.com.

To learn more about The AMR Challenge, visit the CDC’s website.

About Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand is a nationwide healthcare service that provides video visits with board-certified physicians, psychiatrists and licensed psychologists via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Patients download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a list of their symptoms, and are connected for a video visit within minutes. Prescriptions, if needed, are sent directly to the pharmacy of choice. Doctor On Demand physicians can also order lab work, allowing for the treatment of a broader range of conditions and chronic care management.

Through its 5-star rated mobile application and website, consumers can access board-certified physicians in all 50 states with an average wait time of 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doctor On Demand delivers services through employers, health plans, and directly to consumers. While insurance isn’t required, tens of millions of Americans enjoy covered medical and mental health visits.

Doctor On Demand is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. To learn more, visit us at DoctorOnDemand.com.

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SOFTWARE AUDIO/VIDEO HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASES PHARMACEUTICAL MOBILE/WIRELESS GENERAL HEALTH

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