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Published on January 19, 2018

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Lunch Hour Virtual Doctor Visit Provides Fast Relief

Those unexpected times when you need to see a doctor don’t always happen at the most convenient times, right?

For Brenna Furry it happened when her skin started to become irritated while she was out to lunch with her husband and friends. She and her family had just moved to Sioux Falls after a military deployment, so she didn’t have a primary care physician yet. She knew she needed help quickly, but didn’t know where to find it.

That is, until her friend Maria Drey mentioned AveraNow.

Drey explained how she could see a provider right away through an AveraNow video visit for only $49. All she needed was an Internet connection and the free AveraNow app.

So Furry stepped away from their lunch and into a private bathroom. After logging on to AveraNow from her smartphone, she was able to see a doctor within minutes. She was even able to show a clear picture of her skin reaction through the high-definition two-way video and photo upload capability.

“The AveraNow provider diagnosed me with what we suspected – I was having a reaction to a new laundry detergent. And she prescribed me exactly what I needed. We finished our lunch and went to pick up the prescription and it was ready to go,” Furry described. “It was so fast and convenient. I didn’t have to make an appointment and still got exactly what I needed. It was awesome.”

“Having a primary care provider is valuable, but for this circumstance it was very handy to just open the app on my phone and have a quick consultation,” she added.

Health Care in the Palm of Your Hand

The convenience and high quality care that Furry experienced are exactly what AveraNow was built for.

“Several years ago we looked at online banking and shopping and realized that health care was heading in that direction too,” says Jason Knutson, DO, an Avera Medical Group family medicine physician. “So we decided to find a way to offer health care in the palm of your hand.”

“The future of this technology is fantastic,” he added. “New tools will be coming out soon that’ll give patients even more diagnostic capabilities from the comfort of their own homes.”

Learn more about AveraNow, including a list of common illnesses that can be diagnosed and treated through a virtual doctor visit.

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