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August 19th, 2016 – DOCNow is a new telemedicine service that offers Hawaii residents the option to see a Hawaii based doctor online, 365 days a year from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone.

“With the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A we are making our convenient telemedicine services available for those residents who feel they would benefit from a vaccination or would like to speak about any concerns they might have with a Hawaii physician,” said Dr. Jim Barahal co-founder and CEO of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers.

Residents can easily get a prescription from DOCNow and then select a pharmacy near them to receive their immunization.

“We have been administering a lot of shots over the past few weeks,” said Catalina Cross, Director of Pharmacy for Times Supermarket. “We are doing our best to work with physicians to obtain Hepatitis A prescriptions for their patients. We see a great opportunity for DOCNow to assist patients who do not have a Primary Physician.”

DOCNow accepts all local insurance including HMSA/Blue Cross, UHA, HMA, and HMAA. No insurance? No problem. DOCNow accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover – and a visit is just $49.

“To make it even more affordable for Hawaii residences during this time of need we’re also offering the first visit free of charge for those who might not have insurance,” said Dr. Barahal, “The most important thing is that if you’re worried, don’t wait, at DOCNow you can get the care you need now.”

For people who want to get a Hepatitis immunization prescription DOCNow is open daily from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai‘i residents convenient access to the best medical care at their Virtual Healthcare Clinics as well as from the comfort the patient’s home statewide. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawaii’s leader in telemedicine for residents and visitors. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow locations, visit their website at doctorsoncallnow.com.

About Times Pharmacy

Times Pharmacy first opened in 1984 in the Liliha Times Supermarket location. Today, Times Pharmacy operates 13 full service pharmacies located within Times Supermarket stores on Oahu and Maui. Times Pharmacy provides patient-centered care services including 24/7 phone and on-line refills, home and mail delivery service, on-site immunizations, and Diabetes education. Times Pharmacy is a sponsor of many community events including health fairs, drug take-back events, and the Diabetes Kids Day Camp. For information on Times Pharmacy locations and services, visit their website at http://timespharmacy.com/



5 Tips for Finding The Best Urgent Care While On Vacation In Hawaii

5 Tips for Finding The Best Urgent Care While On Vacation In Hawaii

The last thing anyone wants to do while on vacation in Hawaii is get sick or injured, but it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Planning ahead can not only help you get the care you need, it can help you save your vacation. Here are 5 tips to help you find the best urgent care on the islands.

  1. Know What Type Of Care You Need

The faster you can identify the type of care you need the better. For people with chronic conditions or recurring medical needs such as a urinary tract infection diagnosis and treatment it’s easy to find at the closest medical facility. For people experiencing an ailment for the first time  it can be more challenging to determine whether an urgent care center or hospital is the best place to seek treatment. In most instances your closest urgent care center can help you get fast, affordable care including filling a prescription, treating common ailments, rashes, allergic reactions, minor sprains, or other minor non-life threatening problems. 

  1. Make It Convenient

To minimize time spent sitting in a waiting room and get back to your Hawaii vacation as soon as possible, choose a location that is close to your hotel, condo, or rental property. Do a quick search online for “nearest urgent care”.

  1. Ask The Hotel Or Concierge

 Your hotel or timeshare concierge are a great place to start your urgent care search. They deal with hundreds of visitors and all sorts of medical conditions on a daily bases and have relationships with the closest urgent care centers. As soon as you determine you need care, make your concierge the first stop on your journey to feeling better.

  1. Do Some Research

Once you have a few urgent care locations in mind, go online and read about experiences other visitors have had. Check sites like Yelp, Google Places, Facebook and the urgent care centers’ websites for customer testimonials and star ratings. Picking a location that has good reviews and clinic pictures will help you reduce anxiety, make a more informed healthcare decision, and result in a better overall urgent care experience.

  1. Consider Telemedicine

For those visitors who are staying in remote locations, or have a problem that can be easily diagnosed over the Internet, like a jellyfish sting, consider telemedicine. The ability to see a doctor from the convenience of your mobile device, tablet, or laptop can help you save a great deal of time. Typically, when you walk into a clinic you have to wait in line, but with a telemedicine visit you can either schedule an appointment with the doctor when it’s convenient for you or enter a virtual waiting room. After the online visit the physician can quickly call in your prescription to the nearest Hawaii pharmacy so you can go back to enjoying your vacation.



3 Tips For Picking The Right Hawaii Urgent Care Center

3 Tips For Picking The Right Hawaii Urgent Care Center

When traveling in Hawaii, it’s very common to find yourself with an unforeseen injury such as a jellyfish sting, coral scrap, sunburn or even the common cold. Picking the right urgent care center can not only help you get the care you need, it can help you save your vacation. Here are 3 tips on picking the right Hawaii urgent care center.

  1. Finding The Right Match

Finding the right place for your medical needs is much like finding the right primary care doctor. Feeling comfortable with your physician is a critical step in choosing the right Hawaii Urgent Care Center. Before you walk in the door, call and ask if you can speak to an available physician. Ask him or her questions about how they handle medical conditions, i.e. do they have a more traditional approach, or do they prefer alternative treatment options? Once you feel comfortable with their style of care, you’ll feel more confident that you’re choosing the right medical provider.  Our doctors do not take phone calls please remove this statement 

  1. Accessibility

Hawaii has many remote areas that are popular vacation destinations but far from the commercial hubs where urgent care centers are located. In many instances finding a local Hawaii urgent care option that offers telemedicine visits is the best option for accessible medical care. Having the ability to see your physician from your computer, tablet, or mobile device can save you time and help you quickly decide whether you need to make a trip into an urgent care center or hospital.

  1. Affordability

While searching for the right urgent care center in Hawaii it’s important to ask about payment and coverage options. Many Hawaii care centers offer only local insurance coverage which can result in a higher out –of-pocket cost for visitors. Calling and asking about coverage before you show up can save you time and money. No insurance? Don’t worry, most urgent care centers offer a rate for people without insurance — but you’ll want to know up front what those costs are so you can make the most informed healthcare decision.  Please remove the statement about calling we cannot answer coverage questions over the phone.  You can state what insurances we accept here however we do not know the details regarding copays, coinsurance, deductible and cost shares until they are registered and we run eligibility.