Mobile Health Clinics around the world are being used for COVID-19 testing, from Poland and Latvia to Argentina and the U.K. Plus, all over the United States mobile clinics have been built specifically for testing. Or in many cases clinics normally used for dentistry or childhood immunizations have reconfigured and/or directly redeployed to test individuals for the novel coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. It is common knowledge that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung diseases. The FDA states that almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, however fewer than half makes it past an attempt. Receiving guidance from a healthcare provider to quit is often the only way many people will make the attempt and follow through.
Mobile medical serves the entire range of at risk populations around the world; from disenfranchised African-Americans with diabetes - to the homeless - to children living in rural environments who lack health insurance - to indigenous communities - to isolated and impoverished people in the Middle East. Sometimes MHCs are the provider of last resort when mainstream healthcare fails to engender trust in a community or in areas where there are not any accessible health provider services.
In 2017, drug overdose deaths in the United States were more than 70,000, which is almost 200 per day. This was nearly a 10 percent increase from 2016.
Mobile dental continually prove to be successful solutions for rural and urban populations where it’s difficult to provide adequate oral healthcare to the community. The benefits of mobile units not only serves to deliver much needed dental health, but also instills a sense of comfort and support to the community, knowing local institutions care about their health.
In the United States breast cancer is the most common type among women after skin cancer, and is second only to lung cancer in related deaths. Thirteen percent of women nationwide will develop an invasive form of breast cancer in their lifetime. However, breast cancer mortality rate has been declining over the past 30 years due to an increase in awareness for the need to have regular mammography screenings and the advancements in treatment. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), women at least 40 years old should get a mammogram annually, even if they are otherwise in good health, with other sources suggesting a maximum age of 50 years old.
The model of mobile medical is to provide cost-effective, high quality care, many times to disenfranchised populations in underserved areas.
If you only have 5 percent of the healthcare market in your service area, imagine if you edged up just 1 point to 6 percent. That is 20 percent growth for your FQHC or hospital. Consider a mid-sized hospital system with $350 million in revenues, that 20 percent growth is a significant $70 million.