The Guardian: Sherpaa— can virtual doctors’ offices cut corporate healthcare costs?

We’re pretty excited to be covered in The Guardian. We’d say they did the best job so far describing exactly what we do:

Brian T Walsh, a customer service executive at Tumblr, was having chest pains. They were mild, so while he was worried, he didn’t rush to ER. Instead, he visited his virtual doctor’s office online. There, he described the pains to an on-call doctor, who assured him that it didn’t seem like an emergency, but that Walsh should get checked out. “Within a few hours I was set up with an amazing doctor in Manhattan for the next business day,” he says. “He has since become my primary care physician.” A year ago, Tumblr became one of the first companies to sign up with Sherpaa, the New York City-based healthcare consultancy that provides services such as 24-hour access to doctors over the internet. The consultancy analyzes companies’ healthcare spending and suggests ways to save money, boost benefits and expand coverage to more employees.

The idea, co-founders Dr Jay Parkinson and Cheryl Swirnow say, is to make the healthcare system more efficient, improving employee health and reducing costs – and enabling employers to insure more people. In the US, with 48.6 million uninsured, employers carry much of the burden for providing healthcare. “After payroll, it’s the second most expensive element the company pays for,” Parkinson says. And healthcare costs keep soaring.

The Guardian: Sherpaa— can virtual doctors’ offices cut corporate healthcare costs?

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