Updated on January 5, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
The producer’s section is a search feature that was created with the purpose of helping patients locate and purchase their medicine from an authorized producer, dispensary, clinic or retailer. This section aids in protecting physicians from medical steering, pharmaceutical pushing or the violation of HIPAA laws.
Doctors now have the ability to tell their patients to look on the producer’s section of MarijuanaDoctors.com, in order to find the nearest dispensaries carrying the formulation of medical marijuana that they require. Similarly, states have warned producers against steering patients to any specific physicians, encouraging dispensaries to refer patients seeking compassionate care to MarijuanaDoctors.com, to find a physician nearest to them.
When it comes down to the actual medicine, dispensary pharmacists have the closest hands-on access to any medicated products available and along with that access comes a detailed understanding of the product’s effects, as they pertain to a variety of symptoms and ailments.
MarijuanaDoctors.com gives patients and physicians the ability to interact with these individuals virtually. This provides added benefit to both patients and doctors in need of medical marijuana product information, like:
Once a patient has received a medical marijuana recommendation and the physician has registered the patient on the state’s department of health website, patients can now request an appointment with a dispensary at MarijuanaDoctors.com to visit the brick-and-mortar location in-person.
Patients can also choose to schedule a telemedicine appointment for a first-time consultation with the dispensary, from a convenient location of their choosing.
A dispensary consultation gives patients the opportunity to:
After the consultation, the dispensary can send the physician the recommended formulations and information to be uploaded to the patient’s profile on the state’s DOH website. For this purpose, the producer’s menu is seamlessly integrated with the required fields and soap notes that the physician needs to complete the patient’s registration process.
Once the doctor finishes updating the patient’s data, both the patient and producer will receive an automated email, confirming the date and time of delivery or in-store pick-up.
For many patients suffering from debilitating, chronic or terminal conditions, the symptoms of their ailments often make travel difficult and for those who are nearing end-of-life, near to impossible. Recognizing this dilemma that many of our patients face, MarijuanaDoctors.com has sought to give these individuals the ability to consult directly with a pharmacist at a dispensary, using telehealth technology.
During the telemedicine consultation, patients will have the opportunity to:
After the online consultation, dispensaries use their MarijuanaDoctors.com portal to send the patient’s recommending physician all the required formulations for the doctor to then update the patient’s data on the state department of health website so that it reflects all of the necessary information. At this time physicians may also stipulate how long the recommendation is to be valid.
For this purpose, the producer’s section has been created with all the necessary fields and soap notes, giving pharmacists the capacity to provide physicians with the appropriate information. Once the doctor has updated the DOH system, an email is automatically sent to both the patient and producer, with details on how to schedule a time for an in-store pickup.
We’ve also built in protections for producers serving patients represented by caregivers. Patients and caregivers are required to upload their medical marijuana card, paper work, and driver’s license to provide insurance for producers who are engaging with patients.
Once the patient has received counsel and placed their order, a date and time can be scheduled for at-home delivery. This means that patients who have limited-mobility and who otherwise would not have been able to get their cannabis medications can now access medical marijuana from the convenience of their home.
Furthermore, with the added functionality of being able to make deliveries, dispensaries are now viable options for patients who otherwise would not have chosen the producer due to the inconvenience or travel time of the location.