Fri08292014

Your Health

Palo Alto Medical Foundation launches mobile medical clinic

Busy Bay Area employees can now receive medical care at work.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Employer Health Services in August launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual checkups, blood work and vaccinations.

Several Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, according to PAMF. The Care-A-Van team continues to expand its schedule.

“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of the Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary-care provider or manage their existing health issues.”

Sinha said the Care-A-Van provides employees the opportunity to get an overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, with results immediately updated in an electronic health record.

The Care-A-Van has two exam rooms and a medical team offering primary care and wellness services. PAMF medical professionals can work with on-site trainers and nutritionists to develop a comprehensive plan to optimize employees’ health.

Primary care services provided by the Care-a-Van include:

• Annual physicals

• Treatment for basic health problems

• Counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index)

• Lab services

• Vaccinations

If a work location offers on-site screening services that identify a particular health problem (for example, blood pressure, cholesterol or weight), the employee can schedule a visit with a Care-A-Van doctor for help and advice to improve his or her health.

Any immunizations or lab tests a patient receives in the Care-A-Van will also be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. PAMF patients can use My Health Online to manage their health information online, access key components of their medical records, request prescription renewals and appointments, view laboratory test results and communicate with their care team directly via email. PAMF’s free My Health Online service is also available via the My Chart app on both iPhone and Android devices.

For more information, visit pamf.org.

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