UMASS Memorial Health System in Worchester, Mass., is rolling out an online patient-physician teleconsultation service using a technology platform from Minneapolis-based Zipnosis.
Under the program, patients will have access to UMass Memorial clinicians to handle common conditions such as pink eye, colds and flu, sinus infections and female bladder infections, among other ailments.
UMass will launch the program in October, starting with any of its 12,900 employees who wish to use the service, and expects to make it available to the general public in early 2016. The organizations expect the consultations to be offered via an unspecified flat fee that may be covered under a patients insurance.
Online consultations will be available from 7 am to 10 pm each day with a session available within an hour of request, and requests made at night will be prioritized for responses in the morning. UMass Memorial already has a teleneurology program covering eight hospitals.
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