AccuRx, a health tech start up that provides SMS tools to thousands of GPs has launched a new video consultation feature over the weekend.
On Friday afternoon last week the company decided to build two new products, the first a video consultation service and the second a pre-appointment template for GP practices to screen patients for COVID-19 risk.
The solutions were tested on Monday morning before at 3pm yesterday being enabled for 3,600 practices across the country.
Friday PM, we decided to build two new products for COVID-19: video consultations and pre-appointment screening. Last night we shipped. This AM we tested. 3pm today, we enabled for 3600 practices – over half the country. Privileged to work with such a talented and motivated team!
— Jacob Haddad (@jacobnhaddad) March 9, 2020
Last week in a letter to GP practices, Dr Nikki Kanani, Director of Primary Care said “‘I recognise that COVID-19 is placing a new and increasing challenge on already busy practices, and this will be an area of concern for you, your teams and your patients.”
The letter included recommendations for online booking, “to mitigate any risk that potentially infected patients book appointments online and attend the practice when they should be receiving advice to self-isolate or go through testing, all practices are now being advised to change face-to-face appointments booked online to triage appointments via telephone or video.”