Now available to people in Nebraska, Bryan Health says its eVisit is a simple-to-use online diagnosis and treatment option for minor health conditions. It costs $35 a visit, payable with a credit or debit card.
By connecting patients and Bryan Telemedicine clinicians online for a flat-rate fee, Bryan Health says eVisit makes mainstream medicine affordable and easily accessible to anyone with a web-enabled device.
Bryan Health says with eVisit, patients can receive "virtual care" for common medical conditions such as sinus infections, female bladder infections, pink eye, or cold, coughs and flu.
It works this way: Patients start a virtual visit at bryanhealthevisit.com and complete an online interview. The virtual visit is guided by the Zipnosis platform, and most visits take less than five minutes to complete, according to a news release from Bryan and Zipnosis.
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The results are then sent to a Bryan Telemedicine board-certified physician for review. Once the physician completes the diagnosis, a text or email is sent to the patient, notifying them the diagnosis and treatment plan are ready. If a prescription is appropriate, the patient selects a preferred pharmacy via the platform, and a prescription is sent electronically.
"Through our partnership with Zipnosis, we can provide affordable access to mainstream medicine in minutes," said Dr. Brian Bossard, director of Bryan Telemedicine in the news release. "This innovative platform allows us to extend quality care not only where patients want to receive it, but also when. We believe this will give patients a convenient, easy way to access medical care for an affordable price."
If a patient can't be treated virtually, Bossard said, the system makes it easy to get to the next level of care — Urgent Care, an office visit with a physician or the emergency room. "We believe this is the future of healthcare and a solid approach to connect new patients with physicians," Bossard said.
Started in 2008, privately-held Zipnosis says it beats urgent care compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clinical guidelines for many of the conditions treated. At first, Bryan will be paying Zipnosis a flat fee to provide its part of the service, said Bryan spokesman Edgar Bumanis. As time passes, if that needs to be renegotiated, it will be, he said.