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What’s billed as New Zealand’s first app-based GP consultation and prescription service has been launched to support patients through the coronavirus lockdown. Well Revolution is said to allow doctors and patients to stay connected from the comfort of their own “bubbles”. The app is free to GPs and aims to support doctors and patients through the Covid-19 crisis, allowing people access to health advice and medications. It comes as some GPs are said to be at “breaking point” – with hundreds having their hours reduced, or working for less or no pay to keep practices open amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.
With the country in Covid-19 lock-down, few Kiwis are venturing out to their local GP practice. But the launch of an innovative new mobile app means the GP can now treat you, in the comfort of your “bubble”, day or night. Called Well Revolution, it’s New Zealand’s first mobile app-based GP consultation and prescription service, developed by doctors, for doctors, aimed at supporting GPs through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, allowing patients to get timely access to professional health advice and medications.
Rural patients are likely to be big winners with the launch of a new health app released just as the covid-19 lockdown started to bite. As visits to local doctors became almost impossible, the app has freed up medical resources and made visiting a doctor a virtual reality. With visits to doctors’ clinics a fraught affair during lockdown and an increasing number of general practice clinics feeling the financial strain the Well Revolution app is providing a means for both patients and doctors to preserve their health and their businesses.
The adoption of telehealth was given impetus in New Zealand in March 2020, when the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners issued a directive that all General Practitioners (GPs) should move to towards conducting 70 per cent of their consults virtually – a step designed to drastically reduce in-person contact, and reduce the spread of COVID-19. A week earlier, Auckland-based healthcare technology company Well Revolution made its own telehealth platform available for general release, after spending 18 months building the technology.
By Dr Jeremy Steinberg, GP.
A New Zealand-based virtual consult app to help doctors and patients see each other in a WhatsApp-style manner, together with other services such as prescription ordering and billing. The app connects patients with doctors through a safe and secure virtual consultation. Doctors can send paperless prescriptions in the app and you can choose to pick up prescriptions from your nearest pharmacy or get them delivered to your home.
“I was extremely impressed with this app.
They have taken on an absolute mammoth task and have already accomplished a lot over their 2 years of development.
Doctors and patients should give this app a good look”.
Well Revolution is a new digital health service and app offering patients the choice to message and consult with their own GP or a locum via their phone. In an “Uber driver”-type model, GPs or locums can log in and accept patient consult requests and get paid via a pre-registered credit card. Patients can also receive a prescription over the phone and either tap to have their prescription delivered or select a pharmacy to “click and collect” from. The messaging-based app platform has been developed by urgent care doctor Sasha Kljakovic with co-founders entrepreneur Frayne Cooke and Radius Pharmacy founder Michael Seymour.