The four million residents in Kentucky under the KentuckyOne Health system will be able to receive 24/7 virtual care via phone or video chat for $35 starting this November. KentuckyOne Health employees can start using the service later this month.
Earlier this week, Carena announced a similar partnership with Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System.
The process of the virtual visit relatively simple. You first give information about yourself and your symptoms, and then are connected with a physician, who can prescribe medications or recommend a follow-up visit at a KentuckyOne Health location. Insurance likely will not cover the consultation, which is relatively affordable at $35 per virtual visit and similar to a co-pay charge at physical locations.
In June of 2012, Carena landed $14 million in fresh financing from Catholic Health Initiatives and others. The company has offered virtual visits since 2010 and launched its CareSimple platform last year.