PITTSBURGH, Pa. – UPMC, the health insurance branch of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has launched an app that gives patients access to digitial physician visits 24 hours a day. “Consumers are seeking convenient and high quality care, when and where they need it,” said Kim Jacobs, vice president of consumer innovation at UPMC HealthPlan, in a statement. Through the UPMC AnywhereCare app, patients can receive care from emergency room professionals with reduced co-pays from anywhere via the video camera on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Following each patient evaluation, if needed, healthcare professionals are able to send prescriptions directly to the patient’s pharmacy so that treatment can begin immediately. Care is available for patients ages three and up for symptoms including sore throats and upper respiratory illnesses to back pain and seasonal allergies. “The platform allows patients to use technology to be seen by doctors more quickly,” said Jacobs. UPMC integrates 65,000 employees, more than 25 hospitals, 600 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 3 million-member Insurance Services Division.
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