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HOUSE CALLS: Smart phone apps and home visits

Entrepreneurs are developing businesses that will bring physicians or nurse practitioners to the home or workplace or other location where the patient is, based on smartphone apps.  Here are some of the new companies:

In the case of Mend, the charge for this service is discounted to $50 for the first visit and $199 for any subsequent visit (with college student and staff discounts available).  The nearest competitors would be retail clinics located in chain pharmacies and big box stores.

Sources: Goodman, M. (2015, Oct.). Urgent care goes Uber. D Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2015/october/urgent-healthcare-smartphone-services 

Jolly, J. (2015, May 5). An Uber for doctor housecalls. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/an-uber-for-doctor-housecalls/?_r=0  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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