Over 70 million times each year, children in America are evaluated by a medical professional in an outpatient setting. Not surprisingly, this places a significant burden on their parents and guardians, who must leave home or work to facilitate that care. This situation is further complicated by the dynamics of the modern family, where both parents are often fully employed. The inconvenience is further exacerbated by the fact that America has a shortage of available pediatricians, making access to care a critical problem. In fact, data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that as many as 8.1 million children do not have access to a pediatrician, and 650,000 live in an area without a primary care physician of any kind. While it can be a challenge to access care for children with simple and common conditions, the problem of access intensifies for children with chronic conditions, especially those with rare diseases. In these cases, many children do not have access to the specialists they need as those physicians are often on staff at children’s hospitals, and not evenly distributed across America.
Needless to say, access to care, the related inconvenience, and travel costs place a significant burden on parents and guardians. At the same time, the expectations of today’s parents have changed. The majority of them are well accustomed to online transactions and the immediacy of services available to them. SnapMD was created to improve access and convenience to healthcare in line with healthcare consumer expectations. Virtual visits are the newest point of care for healthcare and can be a valuable complement to children’s medicine.