Pilot ‘Hub’ Launched by VideoDoc
4th May 2017
VideoDoc has successfully launched a ground-breaking partnership with Fogarty’s Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, offering online GP and medical consultations from the convenience of the Postmaster’s premises. The service, the first of its kind, will be monitored for suitability for national rollout to other members of The Irish Postmaster Union and is expected to form one of the pilots for additional social services provided by Postmasters, recently approved by Government.
Commencing immediately, locals of Ballymore Eustace and the surrounding Kildare community can access a private medical booth, called ‘The Hub’, to gain instant, on-demand and secure access to an Irish Medical Council registered doctor.
Primarily for minor ailments or straightforward consultations, doctors will have the ability to triage, treat, diagnose, prescribe and follow up with patients. The booth will also offer access to other health consultations such as dermatology – operated remotely by VideoDoc, with the potential for future inclusion of many other health services
Commenting on the announcement, VideoDoc CEO Mary O’Brien said: “We are delighted to be launching this pilot Hub project with Postmaster Sean Fogarty. “This online GP consultation service is ideally suited for communities where access to traditional GP support may be difficult and Postmasters are the ideal providers of the booth, given the centrality of their premises and public trust they are held in.”
VideoDoc will be offered through a web portal in the Medical Booth. It has been built with patient privacy in mind and complies with Ireland’s Data Protection Act and the US HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
Pictured: Nurse Orla Power, Sean Fogarty owner of Fogartys Quickpick and Post Office Ballymore Eustace, and Mary O Brien, CEO VideoDoc, in the booth at the launch of the pilot of the first ever online GP Postmaster service launched in Fogartys Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore Eustace Kildare. Image: Finbarr O’Rourke