News & Advice from DOC in a box

January 05, 2019

Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out.

E-cigarette users’ pee contains more heavy metals as well as signs of exposure to carcinogens and other irritating chemicals than the pee of non-vapers, hinting that the habit might come with serious health risks. At the same time, vapers who switched completely from cigarettes still had lower levels of these substances in their urine than their smoking peers, new research says.

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Topics: Health Facts, health care

December 21, 2018

Caring for a Senior Family Member Can Require Some Backup - How to Use a Virtual Care Provider to Reduce Travel and Waiting Room Time

Our parents and grandparents raise us and take care of us as we grow up. And then one day, the scales tip. You can now take care of yourself, but suddenly they may need your assistance. No one looks forward to this.

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Topics: doc in a box, online doctor consultation, online doctor, virtual doctor consultation, talk to a doctor online, health care

December 19, 2018

Can laughter cure cancer or defeat the common cold?

As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine—but for what? Can laughter cure cancer or defeat the common cold? Can laughing fix erectile dysfunction? Hmm, probably not.

Laughter really is good (if not the best) medicine for a range of ailments, from chronic pain to improved cardiovascular function.

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Topics: Health Facts, Skilled Nursing Facilities, online doctor

December 18, 2018

Experts say playing golf can extend your life

Reuters Health News | October 22, 2018


Playing golf is associated with better strength and balance, a sharper mind, a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life, according to public health experts who say more people should take up the sport.

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Topics: Health Facts

December 17, 2018

How DOC In a box Can Save Your Company Money on Healthcare for Employees

Every employer’s top priority should be the health of their employees. Investing in good health care means fewer sick days, higher productivity, and a happier workforce. However, some companies struggle to choose a health plan that’s affordable for everyone and still effective.

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Topics: talk to a doctor online, virtual doctor consultation, health care, online doctor, doc in a box, online doctor consultation

December 17, 2018

FDA approves new drug to treat influenza

Today, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza (flu) in patients 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.

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Topics: online healthcare programs, health care, virtual doctor consultation, doc in a box, online doctor consultation, When to use telemedicine

December 16, 2018

How Technology May Be Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

If implemented correctly, innovations like virtual clinic visits and automated doctor’s appointment text alerts actually enhance this all-important relationship in healthcare.

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Topics: virtual doctor consultation, health care, online doctor, doc in a box

December 15, 2018

Survey Shows Senior Homes Aren't Taking Telehealth Seriously

by Eric Wicklund

A survey of vendor preferences finds that senior living facilities aren't paying attention to telehealth even though they outsource for healthcare and therapy. But they are starting to value mHealth.

August 16, 2017 - A recent survey of vendor preferences among senior living providers finds that they aren’t using telehealth all that much – but they are taking a liking to mHealth.

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Topics: Skilled Nursing Facilities, health care, Medicare, virtual doctor consultation

December 14, 2018

How Skilled Nursing Facilities utilize Telemedicine to Qualify for Medicare Bonuses

Central Island Healthcare is using a telemedicine platform to triage its patients and reduce hospital readmissions. Its success with connected care has qualified the SNF for a hefty CMS reward in 2019.

December 13, 2018 - A telemedicine platform that provides real-time virtual care has helped a Long Island skilled nursing facility reduce hospital transfers, improve patient care and staff morale – and earn more than $150,000 in Medicare bonuses for

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Topics: virtual doctor consultation, online doctor consultation, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Medicare