Crown Clinics Promotes Accessibility to Healthcare with Mobile Units
Written by Alyssa Clark
In a time where access to basic healthcare seems more like a blessing than an expectation, people around the U.S. are scrambling to try to find ways to have their basic healthcare needs respected and served. With most insurance plans now only covering major healthcare needs, the struggle for seeing a doctor for a routine check-up or preventative appointment can be costly to the out-of-pocket paying customer.
It was from this existing gap within today’s healthcare market that two nurse practitioners named Sue Brugman and Kate Nelson decided they wanted to take matters into their own hands, and bring preventive healthcare back to the public. These two women will be traveling with Crown Clinics, a mobile health clinic that was set up by Brugman and her husband, in order to bring more accessible and affordable healthcare services to the public. Brugman had already seen the success of mobile satellite clinics first-hand when she worked in orthopedics several years ago.
"They were grateful to have us come down even once a week," Brugman said. "It made me sit up and take notice of how we can provide for communities. We want to take the unit to communities on a regular basis, to improve their access to health care”.
This husband and wife team decided to develop Crown Clinics in order to better serve the state’s communities, providing basic medical care and services to its people. This mobile medical unit system includes a small reception area, a lab, two exam rooms and an x-ray machine that sends images to a radiology center in Omaha for reading.
Operating on an enrollment basis, one year of mobile unit service from Crown Clinics will cost $550, or the fees can be paid monthly at $50. These paid fees would cover all services rendered in the mobile units as well as at the base office in Royal.
"We noticed a trend in high deductibles," Brugman said "People are left with coverage for catastrophic situations, but are forced to pay out of pocket for the 'bread and butter' instances. If we can get people to come to a provider sooner after an injury, we can often avoid that injury becoming chronic," she continued.
One of the other huge targets that Crown Clinics hopes to focus on is predictability within healthcare, and taking the surprise out of expenses concerning healthcare needs.
"If people enroll, they know they can be treated for $50 a month or $550 a year," she said. "There are no surprises outside of a catastrophic situation. [The people] had never heard of something like this," she said. "They thought it was amazing."
The Crown Clinics mobile health unit was debuted at the Clay County Fair, at the south end of Innovation Pavilion. At the fair, Crown Clinics offered a special to the public fair-goers of getting an influenza vaccine for only $40. With fellow nurse practitioner Kate Nelson in tow, Crown Clinics is already doing its best to help the people of its much beloved state to receive the basic healthcare needs that they desperately need.
About the Author
Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global
Rackspace surveys healthcare leaders' knowledge of tech
A new survey sponsored by Rackspace Technology has analysed how well healthcare leaders understand technology today, compared to five years ago.
Rackspace polled more than 1400 IT and non-IT decision makers in companies making over $300 million a year in six industries, one of which was healthcare.
The survey asked healthcare executives about the changing role of technology in their area, including the dangers of falling behind, their knowledge of the role of technology, and familiarity with what technology can do to the bottom-line.
The majority (90%) say their appreciation for application technology has grown over the past five years, and 88% now have a better understanding of technology than they did five years ago.
They were also asked about the ways technology helps drive corporate strategies. The survey found that:
* 62% say automation drives efficiencies
* 50% say they leverage innovative technologies like IoT and cloud native applications
* 48% say it allows greater employee collaboration
* 48% say it gives them real-time analysis/customer ‘pulse’
Among the technologies that benefit healthcare organisations the most financially i.e. generating revenue and reducing costs:
* 60% say AI/machine learning
* 61% say cybersecurity
* 56% say enterprise software
* 45% say e-commerce
* 44% say SaaS
* 41% say IoT
Almost half of the respondents (44%) say that if legacy applications aren’t modernised in the next two to three years, healthcare organisations may lose their ability to compete.
Other consequences of delaying modernising applications include:
* 56% say they wouldn’t be able to meet new regulations
* 46% say they wouldn’t be able to scale up IT to meet new demands
* 44% say customer service levels would be reduced
* 36% say they wouldn’t be able to integrate
* 33% say poor staff morale would result from inadequate systems
* 33% say there would be lost productivity
Jeff DeVerter, CTO at Rackspace Technology, commented on the research: “The results of our survey are further evidence that modernising applications through a user lens is not just a ‘nice to have’ from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also delivers a wealth of tangible, quantifiable benefits to organisations.
“Applications are a foundation of customer experience, and it is encouraging to see an increased focused and rising enthusiasm for customer experience improvements.”