A trial which involves video consultation technology being installed in GP practices in the UK has been announced by digital health company Now Healthcare Group.
Now Healthcare Group will offer its technology to GP practices as part of a free trial to help over-stretched NHS services. The partnership will launch with five unnamed NHS practices over the next two months, allowing practices to use Now Healthcare Group’s video consultation app – Now GP. Patients will also be able to the company’s repeat medicine delivery app, Now Pharmacy.
Launched earlier this year, Now Pharmacy is a £1.5 million ‘super-hub’ digital pharmacy which aims to dispense and deliver up to 500,000 repeat medication every month. Now Pharmacy hopes to benefit those who suffer from long-term health conditions and require numerous medications, as well as those who struggle to travel to their pharmacy.
Patients will be able to use Now Healthcare Group’s prescription delivery service or choose another pharmacy for dispensing their medication.
Speaking about the partnership, Lee Dentith, CEO and founder of Now Healthcare Group, said: “I am extremely proud to announce our latest ground-breaking proposition. Finally, digital health and NHS GP practices, can work collaboratively to strengthen patient support – at no cost whatsoever. We are offering an evolution of a traditional way to see a GP for all NHS patients by using NHS funds already in the system. Our technology assists patients because it gives GPs the opportunity to continue to see their patients – rather than losing them to other practices offering online consultation services”.
The names of the practices involved are set to be announced shortly, according to Now Healthcare Group, and further interest in rolling out the technology to other GP practices is being considered by the company
“We will also offer practices the chance to use our own GPs, free of charge, to carry out additional video consultations – such as for evening appointments – with a view to driving more people to use our app. We will look to work with practices to utilise their GPs for a couple of hours a week and do multiple (virtual consultations) or they can use our GPs (depending on how many patients from their practice we fulfil their medication needs). Best of all, it is completely free of charge,” Dentith said.