The unstaffed pods are designed for use by health systems, employers, and government organizations to enhance access in busy EDs, rural locations, worksites, airports and other locations.
A new concept in virtual care launches today from Clearwater-based technology company OnMed, featuring a self-contained, unstaffed station, which offers video consults with healthcare providers and a built-in automated prescription drug dispensary. The unit has special sanitization and air filtration systems, and is designed for maximum privacy, as well as HIPAA and ADA compliance.
The stations are intended for use in emergency departments, rural locations, airports, campuses, and worksites, and placement will occur through contracts with health systems, employers, and other organizations. The first two units will open this April in northern Mississippi, and while the company's CEO says it already has contracts with a few health systems, names cannot yet be disclosed.
When examining the healthcare landscape more than six years ago, OnMed's founders aimed to address a void in the spectrum: access to care.
"We look at the OnMed station as an access ecosystem," says Austin White, CEO and founding partner of OnMed. While much of the industry is focusing on delivering remote solutions through smartphone technology, computers, and tablets, he points out that these tools "lack quality diagnostic capabilities and certainly none of them can dispense a medication."