Cleveland Clinic to offer digital health care to people around the world
A new partnership will bring care from the Cleveland Clinic to patients anywhere digitally.
Cleveland Clinic and American Well are teaming up to bring health care services using telehealth. Telehealth allows patients to use mobile devices like phones or computers to access health care services remotely.
The Cleveland-based joint venture will be called The Clinic, which will offer virtual care from Cleveland Clinic's experts through American Well's digital health technology platform.
According to a news release, The Clinic will offer online access to expert care across a wide array of specialties without the need for people to leave their homes.
People from around the world will be able to connect with Cleveland Clinic's specialists and receive insights, opinions, recommendations, and assistance for a variety of conditions.
A hospital spokesperson said they are still working to figure out what services will be offered and what ailments it will be used for. They're also working out how insurance coverage for this service will work, but they say the goal is to make sure the care is affordable and accessible.
Cleveland Clinic projects that in just five years, 50 percent of outpatient visits will be virtual.
Cleveland Clinic and American Well have worked together since 2014 to deliver non-emergency and specialty care via telehealth through Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online.
The digital health service is available 24 hours a day for patients throughout the U.S. to get a quick diagnosis for a variety of minor injuries or illnesses through a virtual visit.