Sponsored Feature from Avera.org/now
Right from your phone, the latest technology lets you do everything from turning off the lights at home to ordering dinner. Seeing a doctor is no exception.
AveraNow is Avera’s new virtual video visit, offering secure, online access to a medical provider via a smartphone, tablet or laptop, 24/7/365.
AveraNow is available to anyone – you don’t have to be an established Avera patient. Visits normally cost $49 by credit card. As of Jan. 1, Avera Health Plans members * will have access to this service at no cost.
AveraNow serves anyone, age 2 or older in South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska at the time the call for services is made. It’s a great option for simple illnesses such as colds, flu, urinary tract infections, sinus infections and minor stomach upset.
AveraNow kiosks are also available in Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls. Kiosks are available at Hy-Vee locations on Minnesota Avenue, 49th and Louise, Kiwanis and East 10th Street. This spring, two more will open at 26th and Sycamore and 26th and Marion.
At the kiosks, patients can have a face-to-face video interaction with a provider. Plus, the kiosks are equipped with biometric and remote examination devices, including a thermometer, blood pressure cuff, derm cam and otoscope.
An AveraNow visits works like this:
- First you sign in and fill out a checklist that lets the provider know about your symptoms, current medications and pertinent health history.
- If your case is appropriate for AveraNow, you’ll be connected to a provider immediately or within a couple of minutes. Patients can choose between available providers. If your case cannot be seen through AveraNow, no charge is made to your credit card.
- You’ll see and talk with the AveraNow provider, who will give you advice on how to address your symptoms or prescribe a medication if necessary – even sending it to your preferred pharmacy.
“Getting care when you’re sick or injured has never been so easy,” said Tad Jacobs, DO, Avera Medical Group Chief Medical Officer. “Access to a telemedicine provider can prevent an emergency room visit on a Saturday night or prevent the need to arrange travel, child care or time off from work for a clinic visit during the week.”
Convenience is key – you can visit a provider during a grocery shopping trip or from the comfort of your own home.
Looking to the future of health care, access to convenient and affordable care will be more important than ever. As the first health insurance provider in the region to offer a value-added service of this kind to members, Avera Health Plans’ goal is to provide services that can fit easily into members’ lifestyles to make wellness and prevention more seamless.
While AveraNow is not designed to replace the need for a relationship with a primary care physician, it can serve as a convenient and cost-effective option.
Anyone can download the app or enroll online at Avera.org/now.