Verizon on Wednesday unveiled Verizon Virtual Visits, a mobile-based technology that combines several existing Verizon technologies with a provider network to give consumers easy and secure access to remote care.
The company is targeting the telehealth offering -- available via smartphone, tablet, or computer -- at multiple groups, including health systems, insurers, and health plans that can white-label the service or keep the Verizon Virtual Visits moniker, says Julie Kling, director of product management for Mobile Health Solutions at Verizon Wireless. Self-insured employers can provide the service to employees to reduce emergency room expenses and healthcare costs, and improve workers' access to convenient care, she tells us. Retailers, too, have expressed interest in Virtual Visits, Kling adds. And consumers themselves increasingly want telehealth services.
"Now everyone is using their phone to learn about their health and find out where to get service and even connect and engage with good doctors now and get the care we need. It's really about convenience and ease of use."
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