BATON ROUGE, La.–(Press release from BUSINESS WIRE)–Louisiana State University and K Health, a virtual primary care service, today announced a partnership that will provide free access to doctors via telemedicine for all Louisiana residents throughout the month of April.
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Residents with smartphones can text with board-certified doctors to discuss their symptoms and receive care from home. As many state residents struggle to find access to doctors, this partnership will enable people worried about COVID-19 symptoms to connect with doctors who can recommend testing, treatments, and the most appropriate course of action.
“In this time of uncertainty, LSU is here for you. Many symptoms of COVID can be treated at home—and that is the best place to stay if possible,” Dr. Rebekah Gee, CEO of LSU Health Care Services Division says. “LSU and K Health are proud to offer free services to the public and access to a physician during this critical time.”
Given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across Louisiana and the urgent need to reduce pressure on health systems, this partnership will let more doctors reach more patients through virtual text chats, and when the doctor recommends it, video and phone chats. Most COVID-19 cases can be treated remotely, and the effort is designed to decrease 911 calls and traffic to local emergency rooms.
The initiative encourages Louisiana residents with all non-critical medical concerns to first speak to their primary care physician. If the patient doesn’t have a primary care physician or can’t reach them, download the K Health app for free in the App Store and Google Play to speak to a doctor before calling 911 or going to a local emergency room. First-time users will be asked to complete a profile with their medical history. After the request is received by a physician, the user will receive a text notification that a doctor will be available to chat within minutes.
More information about the partnership is available at: https://lsu.khealth.ai/
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