FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2020
Emily Walsh/Rob Busweiler: [email protected]
Maimonides brings its clinical excellence online, offering scheduled and On Demand virtual visits for patients
Brooklyn, NY (October 22, 2020) – Maimonides Medical Center recently implemented a new virtual care program, enabling patients to seek care in the comfort and convenience of their homes. The service, offering scheduled and on demand options, is made possible by a $1,000,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed earlier this year. Maimonides was one of only 14 organizations nationwide (four in New York State) to receive the maximum award of $1 million, out of 367 total applicants.
“Providing virtual care helps to ensure that we remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in our commitment to provide the best possible care to our patients,” said Ken Gibbs, President and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. “We’re grateful for this grant and the opportunity to expand our services in an innovative way, so that we can broaden our patient experience. Maimonides is safe, open and ready – both in person and now online.”
To support its virtual care program, Maimonides has partnered with Amwell, a leading provider of telemedicine technology. Registering for a virtual visit is quick and easy for anyone with a laptop, desktop computer or mobile device with video camera streaming capabilities. Foreign language support is also available to meet the healthcare needs of diverse communities that Maimonides serves.
Patients who need to see a clinician immediately can opt for On Demand virtual visits, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (no appointment is necessary). For $49 (insurance is currently not accepted), patients can access a wide range of providers, ready to assess and treat a variety of urgent care medical issues. Scheduled virtual visits (covered by insurance) are also available for selected specialties, enabling patients to connect with their Maimonides providers to discuss symptoms, medications and more.
“We hope that patients can take advantage of our new virtual care offerings, particularly with harsh winter weather soon approaching,” Mr. Gibbs said. “Nothing should get in the way of seeking care. Our outstanding clinicians are dedicated and prepared to treat an extensive array of medical conditions, so don’t put your health on hold.”
For more information on virtual care at Maimonides, visit maimovirtualcare.org.