Drugstores are fast becoming outlets for quick, relatively cheap medical care. Many CVS stores have MinuteClinics inside, and now Rite Aid has started offering video chats with doctors in a service called NowClinic Online Care. For $45, customers get 10 minutes of virtual face time with medical pros. Patients can also opt for voice chats or instant messages.
According to Computerworld, Detroit-area Rite Aids are the first to offer the service. Physicians contacted through the service can diagnose problems, give advice or make prescriptions.
When the chats are over, NowClinic shares a record of the consultation with the patient’s regular doctor. Through the service, patients can also contact nurses for advice about common health issues.
Rite Aid rolls out in-store virtual doctor visits [Computerworld]