Beacon Health System now offering online telehealth visits via Beacon Connected Care
Elkhart/South Bend, Ind. (January 12, 2016) – Beacon Health System and American Well, the leading national telehealth company, announced a collaboration to make online visits an integrated part of Beacon Health System’s digital health platform. Through mobile or web, patients from the comfort of their home can connect remotely over video with board-certified doctors from Online Care Group, American Well’s nationwide medical affiliate.
With the secure Beacon Connected Care platform established by Beacon Health System’s Innovation team and powered by American Well, future uses of the technology are nearly limitless, affording numerous opportunities for more convenient, connected and coordinated care.
Urgent care will be the first telehealth service rolled out under the new partnership, and future plans may include nutrition ecounseling, remote patient monitoring, specialty consults, virtual home care and post-surgical visits.
“Though telehealth is a new concept in this region, it continues to gain traction around the country and has become an extension of the way medicine is practiced,” says Mark Schmeltz, DO, Beacon Medical Group physician and chair of the Beacon Health System Telehealth Committee. “Our patients deserve to have their time respected and telehealth services provide an excellent option for providing high value care at the right time and in the right setting.”
“As a trusted healthcare provider, Beacon Health System has a wonderful opportunity to extend its reach and deepen relationships with existing and new patients,” said Danielle Russella, President, Customer Solutions, American Well. “With telehealth, we can help Beacon optimize patients’ health and well-being, build healthier communities, and deliver innovative and accessible healthcare services. We can all be proud of the potential to make this kind of impact.”
About Beacon Health System
Beacon Health System is the nonprofit parent organization of Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend, providing world-class care throughout North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. Beacon Health System is also a research and education organization, guiding clinical research trials for a variety of illnesses and helping train medical residents in the fields of family medicine and hospital pharmacy. Beacon Health System’s many notable medical and community programs provide world-class, high-quality, locally-owned care and education. Included among their critical and award-winning services are: Northern Indiana’s only designated children’s hospital, Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence at Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and a cardiac surgery program designated as one of America’s 100 Best from HealthGrades, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.beaconhealthsystem.org.
About American Well
American Well uses telehealth to improve people’s access to quality care. Through our partnerships with the nation’s largest health systems, insurers, employers, and retailers, our award-winning telehealth Exchange and our direct-to-consumer service, Amwell™, we connect millions of Americans to the doctors they trust for live video visits. Through the power of telehealth, we help patients get the care they need in a timely fashion, and help doctors be there for their patients. We build technologies to make healthcare go where people need it most. For more on how we are changing healthcare delivery through telehealth, visit AmericanWell.com.
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