On Wednesday morning, mHealthWatch was briefed by Verizon on the freshly announced availability of Verizon Virtual Visits.
The visits provide what the nation’s largest carrier and preeminent force in mHealth calls an “easy, convenient and cost-effective way for patients to be seen remotely by a clinician.”
Ideal conditions call for patients to seek consultation for minor issues – a cold, flu, sore throat or other simple, acute condition. The consultation can take place via video on a patient’s smartphone, tablet or computer.
Verizon’s new solution is built to provide an enterprise-class platform for health systems, health plans and employers to meet the needs of their specific patient or member population base, helping to reduce visits to the emergency room for non-urgent care – estimated to run $4.4 billion this year alone.
Verizon Virtual Visits also enables patients, who may not otherwise have convenient and timely access to care, see a clinician.
According to Verizon, recent studies show that as many as 62 million Americans have difficulty accessing primary and preventative care, with 27 days as the average time for a new patient to schedule an appointment.
“We are seeing a shift in how care is delivered in the U.S.,” says Rich Black, vice president of Verizon’s healthcare practice. “With Verizon Virtual Visits, patients and providers alike can benefit from the use of technology to provide medical care via an enterprise-class technology solution developed with the security, performance and reliability essential to healthcare delivery.”
“We believe our latest mobile health offering can go a long way to enable a more efficient and effective U.S. healthcare system,” added Black.
To learn more about Verizon Virtual Visits, check out the video below.