The Virtual Health Care Provider Will See You Now

In partnership with Carena, Inc., the University of California, Davis has launched the UC Davis Virtual Clinic, a simple online diagnosis and treatment service for non-emergent health conditions like colds, flu, pinkeye, rashes, or sore throats.

Care is provided by board-certified physicians or nurses employed by Carena for a fee of $40, payable by credit card. The clinic is available to UC Davis and UC Davis Health employees, as well as UC Davis patients and the general public.

No appointment is necessary to use the system. Patients complete a brief online registration form before talking with a physician or nurse practitioner by phone or by using online software such as Skype or FaceTime. The provider then diagnoses and treats the patient or refers the patient to a primary care doctor or nearby emergency department as needed. Virtual Clinic providers can also send prescriptions to a pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

“We recognize that people have different needs, so on-demand care provides another option for those who may prefer to avoid an office visit but still want quality and personalized care,” said Michael Condrin, director of clinical operations at UC Davis Medical Center. “Research shows that the public has embraced the convenience of this type of telehealth.”

Carena, a McKesson Ventures portfolio company, partners with health systems to extend their services to more people through high-quality, cost-effective virtual clinics. Today, approximately 15 million people in 13 states have access to Carena’s partner-branded virtual clinics.

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