e-Visits: just what the patient ordered.

Sometimes getting to your doctor’s office is just too difficult, whether you’re managing sick children, juggling a demanding work schedule or so completely under the weather it’s challenging to go anywhere. That’s why Together Health Network offers e-Visit, an online, video meeting with your participating primary care physician.

e-Visits are a perfect solution for non-urgent illnesses or injuries. Plus, an e-Visit is not only convenient, it’s affordable. The cost is $49 and can be charged to your credit card, or, in some instances, covered by your health care insurer.

e-Visit improves access to care for patients suffering from symptoms such as colds and flu, seasonal allergies, skin rashes, joint aches, ear discomfort, sprains and strains or nausea. More severe problems still require a visit to your doctor’s office.

Here’s how an e-Visit works. Patients simply call their physician’s office to see if they participate. Sign-ups for access are done by enrolling on MDLVE and then activating your account with a user name and password. You are then able to make an appointment, often within an hour of contacting your doctor’s office. And, e-Visit is a perfect complement to Together Health Network’s other virtual care service, On Demand Care, an online 24/7 virtual alternative to urgent care.

Virtual care will expand access and improve patient experiences. Bricks and mortar serve most patients currently, but today’s mobile customer may want to skip face-to-face encounters in favor of more convenient virtual care services like e-Visit. According to a recent Nielsen study, 78% of consumers say they would be interested in receiving virtual health services, but only 1 in 5 has had that opportunity.

Dr. Google and all virtual care services won’t replace the value of a visit to your doctor’s office, but skipping a line in the waiting room in favor of a more convenient setting is something we expect to become the norm.

To find out more about virtually enabled care, visit: https://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org/virtualcaremi/

Together Health Network Names New Board of Directors Vice Chair

Patrick McGuire, Ascension Michigan’s CFO, is elected vice chairman for Together Health Network’s Board of Directors

Southfield, MI – December 12, 2017, Together Health Network announces the appointment of Patrick McGuire as the organization’s new Board of Directors vice chairman.

McGuire has served on Together Health Network’s board since 2014 and is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Ascension Health Michigan. Having held a number of executive leadership positions within the St. John Providence Health System, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Michigan’s premiere clinically integrated network. He received under graduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and is the architect for many of the innovative financial and strategic partnerships that helped lead Ascension Michigan into the forefront of health delivery.

“I’ve always been impressed by the level of experience we’re able to access with our board,” said President and CEO of Together Health Network, Scott Eathorne, MD. “We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn’t be more pleased with Pat’s appointment. His strategic and financial expertise in guiding the growth of St. John Providence and the Michigan Ministries of Ascension Health will play an important role in Together Health Network’s long range planning. His passionate commitment to our organization’s continued growth is an unbelievable asset in helping us reshape the future of health and care in Michigan.”

About Ascension Health Michigan

The Michigan Health Ministries of Ascension Health include Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, St. John Providence Health System in Metro Detroit, St. Joseph Health System in Tawas and St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. Together, the health systems employ more than 30,000 associates and are a major economic driver in the state, with $1.5 billion in payroll each year. In fiscal year 2013, the Michigan Health Ministries provided more than $240 million in community benefit and care of the poor.

About Together Health Network
Together Health Network’s objective is to improve both health and care for Michigan residents by facilitating relationships within its network of physician organizations, health systems, insurers, patients, and health providers. At the core of Together Health Network’s culture are clinicians connected by a common purpose and meaning; they lead with a team-based care approach, which is based on a shared commitment and vision of positive outcomes. It is estimated that 75% of Michigan residents are within 20 minutes of one of the network’s 29 hospitals and thousands of ambulatory centers and physician offices. For more information, visit https://www.togetherhealthnetwork.org/.