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Allina Health Expands Online Care Offerings

March 30, 2018
by Heather Landi
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Allina Health, a Minneapolis-based, 12-hospital health system, recently announced the launch of Allina Health Everyday Online, an update to the health system’s online diagnosis and treatment service.

Allina Health has partnered with virtual care company Zipnosis to expand and update its online care offerings to make online visits available to new patients as well as existing patients.

Allina Health Everyday Online complements Allina Health's Everyday service line, focused on bringing convenient access to patients throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

“Since we already had a virtual care service in place, it was important that this service launch offer opportunities for us to grow our online capabilities,” Dave Slowinske, senior vice president, Allina Health Group Operations, said in a statement. “Having the Zipnosis platform as the technology behind Allina Health Everyday Online means that we can continue to offer exceptional convenience and a high-quality service backed by our healthcare providers, as well as grow and expand our online capabilities.”

Allina Health Everyday Online is able to offer both new and existing patients convenient online care using Zipnosis’ online patient interview technology. Patients can access the system from their smartphone, tablet or computer and seek care for a variety of common conditions like bladder infections, cold and flu, rashes, or pinkeye at a set fee of $45 or their insurance co-pay, whichever is less.

After starting a visit on Allina Health Everyday Online, patients complete a brief interview that gathers symptom and health history information. A trusted, board-certified Allina Health provider then reviews the information and makes a diagnosis and treatment plan that is automatically sent back to the patient.

If medication is appropriate, prescriptions are sent to the customer's preferred pharmacy for pick-up. Patients can access online visits 24-hours a day, with providers responding within 1 hour between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

“Allina Health focuses on convenience and patient experience with Allina Health Everyday, including online visits, which exemplifies the growing trend toward modern, patient-centric care delivery,” Jon Pearce, CEO at Zipnosis, said.

 

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