Diabetics and others often use the internet to search for medical advice and direction. Doctors, organizations and advocates offer information and advice online. The internet and social media have opened up a whole new world of opportunities. Rite Aid customers can now utilize the internet for private, one-on-one consultations via secure video, chat or phone, with doctors who are able to discuss symptoms, provide guidance, diagnose and prescribe certain medications when appropriate.
NowClinic Online Care services are now available inside more than 50 Rite Aid pharmacies in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. NowClinic Online Care offers Rite Aid customers real-time access to quality and convenient medical care, information and resources from doctors and Optum nurses.
"Given the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, we believe that telehealth services, such as our NowClinic Online Care service, will play an extremely important role in healthcare of the future," said Robert Thompson, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy. "Rite Aid's NowClinic Online Care services provide customers with convenient, affordable and efficient access to medical care, whenever and wherever they need it. We are excited to bring NowClinic Online Care services to our customers in these markets as part of our continued mission to help them live healthier, happier lives."
Optum nurses can provide basic health care education, information on common acute issues and assistance in identifying appropriate provider options for care. A customer record is automatically captured at the end of each interaction and is available for immediate sharing with a customer's primary care provider, maintaining continuity of care.
Customers can also access NowClinic Online Care services 24/7 by visiting www.myNowClinic.com/RiteAid, which is useful if customers are not able to visit a doctor's office or for when their doctor's office or their local Rite Aid with NowClinic available are not open. Conversations with nurses are complimentary and a 10-minute consultation with a doctor is $45. For a complete list of Rite Aid stores now equipped with NowClinic Online Care services, visit www.myNowClinic.com/RiteAid.
This article was taken in part from a press release by Rite Aid. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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