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Virtual Care Improves Access to Specialists in the Outpatient Setting

Outside Chicago, patients wait 6 to 9 months to see a neurologist. In Seattle, they wait 3 to 6 months to see a psychiatrist. Patients outside Atlanta drive a few hours to see an endocrinologist or a rheumatologist. The list goes on…

Specialty outpatient services are in high demand, now more than ever before. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of the needed specialists nationwide, one that is only growing with each passing day.

According to Forbes, patients are waiting an average of 26 days for an appointment with a doctor in a major city, up 8% from their last study. Imagine the wait time outside an urban setting. 

Virtual care is one way health systems can help fill this gap. Patients have shown they are willing and ready to meet providers virtually so they can get the care they need in a more timely manner.

According to healthcare job site HealtheCareers, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Neurology, Pulmonology, and Orthopedics are some of the top physician specialties most in demand. AmplifyMD provides access to these specialties and more, allowing our hospital partners to provide timely care for their patients and communities.

As the population continues to age and needs multiple specialty services per patient, the need for specialty coverage will only grow. With AmplifyMD helping local health systems provide this care virtually, it’s a win-win for hospitals and patients alike, and we’re proud of the positive impact we’re making on communities around the country.

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