14 April 2020 | News
The service is crucial during a period where contact tracing for a growing number of local unlinked cases is still ongoing and where someone could potentially be infected is still uncertain
Photo credit: Doctor Anywhere
Doctor Anywhere, a regional tech-led healthcare company headquartered in Singapore, is launching the Doctor Anywhere COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic.
In line with the Singapore Government’s social distancing measures to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 infection and efforts to ringfence confirmed cases, the service will help to identify COVID-19 signs and symptoms and escalate suspected cases for further medical assistance.
Major insurers, including Cigna Singapore and AIG, are also partnering with Doctor Anywhere to offer the COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic as a free service to their policyholders.
For individuals in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic is a full suite service.
In Singapore, for example, steps for users to access this full suite service include:
In Thailand and Vietnam, the local Doctor Anywhere teams will provide assistance to connect the patient to the appropriate healthcare authorities to receive further medical attention.
Users in other countries can also access the Doctor Anywhere COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic, but the service will only include video consultation with a doctor to identify symptoms and provide advice on next steps or a memo to obtain medication from a local pharmacy.
“Following the closure of our recent Series B funding round and endorsement from the Singapore Government, Doctor Anywhere is well-positioned to look after the health of our nation and the region, especially during critical times like these,” said Lim Wai Mun, Founder and CEO, Doctor Anywhere. To help reduce the strain on our healthcare system, and provide accessible and affordable care to everyone, Doctor Anywhere has launched the COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic, where users can speak to a doctor to identify risks and symptoms of infection and suspected cases can be quickly escalated for appropriate medical care.”
“I’m also very heartened that insurers like Cigna Singapore and AIG and others have come on board for a collective cause. We are all committed toward doing all we can to halt the spread of COVID-19 across the communities we love and care about,” said Lim.
For individuals who are feeling unwell but unsure if symptoms experienced are due to COVID-19 infection, Doctor Anywhere COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic ensures that they can have access to professional medical assessment while avoiding the risk of unintentionally infecting the people around them, or the risks associated with self-medicating.
“The fact that physical healthcare facilities could be sources of contagion means many are now focusing their attention on new models of care that avoid physical contact between clinician and patient. For clinicians who are self-isolating or under quarantine, video consultation allows them to continue treating patients. In such crucial times, we know that every doctor available to help the situation counts. Beyond COVID-19-specific consultation, we also need these doctors to continue providing primary care – through telehealth – for ailments like eye infections, skin conditions, urinary tract infections and chronic diseases, etc.,” said Dr Kevin Kok, a practising doctor and Chief Operating Officer, Doctor Anywhere.
“For individuals who are unwell but unsure if they may be infected, Doctor Anywhere’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic is crucial for providing them with professional medical assessment – and escalation if needed, without exposing themselves or others to further risk of infection,” said Dr Kok.
Public fees for video consultation via the Doctor Anywhere COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic is SG$10. This does not include medication that might be prescribed by the doctor.