LEAWOOD, Kan. And MINNEAPOLIS – The American Academy of Family Physicians and telehealth technology provider Zipnosis are partnering to provide a virtual health care platform to the AAFP’s 129,000 members and their patients.
The platform will provide an online diagnosis and treatment solution that will allow AAFP members to offer their patients convenient access to care by connecting them virtually with their family physician. It features online adaptive interview technology that allows the patient to provide symptom and health history information for diagnosis and treatment by their physician and real-time video consultations that enable the patient to remotely connect with their physician.
“Patients today want quick and easy access to health care, but that convenience shouldn’t come at the cost of the relationship they have with their family physician,” said Dr. Steven Waldren, director of the AAFP’s Alliance for eHealth Innovation, in a statement. “Offering this new telehealth platform gives our family physician members another tool through which they can care for patients.”
The AAFP will offer the virtual care platform to a select group as part of a pilot designed to help further tailor it to the specific needs of family physicians. The service will be available to all AAFP members later in 2018.
“Forward-thinking organizations such as the AAFP understand the importance of leveraging innovative technology to tackle the current challenges that family physicians and their patients face,” said Jon Pearce, CEO of Zipnosis, in a statement. “By partnering with Zipnosis, they have the technology and resources to allow them to offer their members a virtual care solution that unlocks clinical capacity and improves patients’ access to care across the U.S.”