In an effort to boost health care delivery methods, improve affordability and adjust to industry changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HealthPartners has worked to find ways to be on the cutting edge of health care.
The result is Virtuwell, an online clinic designed to deliver a simple and affordable health care experience. More than 40 common conditions — such as sinus infections, pink eye and allergies — are covered in an online interview format. The patient’s medical history is verified, along with any potential medication issues. After the interview, a certified nurse practitioner reviews the case and writes a treatment plan, usually within 30 minutes. The service costs $45 or less, depending on the patient’s insurance plan.