Fred’s Pharmacy stores across Mississippi are adding video-based health care to their offerings.
TeleHealthOne, a less than 2-year-old Canton provider of telemedicine services, has teamed with fred’s Inc. to extend the company’s video health services to customers of the pharmacies. Private space will be set aside in the stores for people with minor ailments to receive a video consultation between the patient and a TeleHealthOne medical professional, which in most instances will be a nurse practitioner.
The alliance with TeleHelathOne began in September 2015 with establishment of the telehealth service at the fred’s Pharmacy in Flora.
“If people have access to convenient, affordable and a variety of services under one roof, they are more likely to seek care regularly,” said David Powe, chairman of TelehealthONE. “That is an easy step to take to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle. There is a fred’s Pharmacy located within 15 miles of nearly all Mississippi residents, which is why adding our TelehealthONE kiosks will allow even more access to care.”
Press statements detailing the new telehealth services called the service locations “kiosks,” but the locations are actually private rooms closed off from the rest of the store, said Andy Cruthids, TelehealthOne spokesman.
The next nine TelehealthONE kiosks to launch are planned for fred’s Pharmacies in Union, Pelahatchie, Carthage, Morton, Jackson, Pearl, Clinton, Lexington and Terry.
Rick Chambers, executive vice president of pharmacy operations for fred’s Inc., said the partnership with TelehealthOne is part of the retailer’s goal of providing value to customers. “Being a leader in providing flexible options for physician visits is just one step in that process,“ he said.
No appointments are necessary. All insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. Visits to the TelehealthONE kiosk at fred’s Pharmacy locations will have the same copay as a conventional doctor’s office visit.
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