Insurance firm Collinson Group has partnered with digital health company babylon health to give its customers free global access to a doctor.
The partnership will give Collinson customers free video or telephone access to a doctor wherever they are and at any time through the babylon app. Users of the app can also access a symptom checker and prescriptions can be issued to nearby pharmacies if possible.
The service is being rolled out to the firm’s Columbus Direct customers with plans to offer it as an additional service to the rest of the Collinson Group’s client base.
Collinson Group believes that digital health can act as a sales drive for various insurance types such as travel and private medical insurance. The firm thinks digital health will offer cost savings for clients through reduced medical claims costs.
Rebecca White, head of Proposition, at Collinson Group said: “Collinson Group’s global footprint, assistance capability, insurance knowledge, innovation and customer insight place us in a unique position to support our partner’s growth. We believe that advances in technology and digital capabilities mean that digital health will increasingly become a mainstream part of the medical and travel insurance service suite, particularly as mobile devices become more sophisticated and the options for remote diagnostics and virtual support escalate. We are pleased to be working with babylon to provide this service to our customers and clients.”
Dr Ali Parsa, CEO and founder, babylon, said: “At babylon, we’re transforming the way people think about healthcare, and working with other leading innovators such as Collinson Group is a big part of making this happen. For example, your health is not something that stays at home when you go on holiday or abroad on business. By working with babylon, Collinson Group are now making it easier and faster for customers to seek the help they need – in turn bringing better value to their clients”.