NEW YORK, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon today (June 25) announced the immediate availability of Verizon Virtual Visits, which provides an easy, convenient and cost-effective way for patients to be seen remotely by a clinician for a cold, flu, sore throat or other simple, acute conditions, via video on their smartphone, tablet or computer.
Verizon's new solution is built to provide an enterprise-class platform for health systems, health plans and employers to meet the needs of their specific patient or member population base, helping to reduce visits to the emergency room for non-urgent care - estimated to run $4.4 billion this year alone.()
Verizon Virtual Visits also enables patients who may not otherwise have convenient and timely access to care to see a clinician. Recent studies show that as many as 62 million Americans have difficulty accessing primary and preventative care, with 27 days as the average time for a new patient to schedule an appointment.()
To read the full announcement, visit http://www.verizonenterprise.com/news/2014/06/mobile-health-virtual-visits-patients.
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 National Association of Community Health Centers, March 2014 http://www.nache.com/client/PIBrief14.pdf  Health Affairs, vol. 29, no. 9, Sept 2010, p. 1630-1632