Bupa launches healthcare app

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Bupa UK has partnered with Babylon to provide a healthcare app offering bookings for video GP consultations, as well as the ability to organise referrals.

The app is available to group private medical insurance (PMI) customers with over 250 employees.

Other features of the app include being able to text medical questions or photos for advice, and being able to manage notes and prescription deliveries through it.

GP consultations can be done directly over a video link, phone or text message, with a Babylon GP.

Aviva launched an app with babylon for group PMI customers in January 2015, while both Health Shield and Vitality launched apps with virtual GP services in 2014.

Patrick Watt, corporate director, Bupa UK said: "We know that health and wellbeing is high up on business' agendas, particularly because a healthy workforce is crucial to a successful business.

"But we also recognise that people's healthcare needs and expectations are changing - they increasingly want fast and easy access to healthcare products and services and welcome digital innovations that support this.

"That's why we are focused on delivering new innovative online and digital services like babylon, helping businesses put access to quick and easy healthcare into the pocket of every employee.

"Our new partnership with babylon is just one of many examples of how we will be investing in online and digital services to meet people's demand for fast and easy access to healthcare."

Ali Parsa, founder of babylon said: "Digital health will offer us a profoundly simpler, better, and more affordable experience. Bupa is a great partner that is serious about innovation in healthcare.

Parsa added: "Combining our reach means that the majority of the UK's corporate employees can choose to receive most of the healthcare they need from the convenience of their mobile devices anywhere, anytime."

Further reading:

UK Sport and Bupa UK extend partnership

Bupa results: Revenues up, profit down

Bupa launches entry-level PMI

 

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