FastMed Urgent Care has become the biggest urgent care provider in the country to offer patients telemedicine services. The company has partnered with TouchCare to start taking mobile video appointments in North Carolina, via smartphone or tablet. If all goes well there, FastMed plans to offer similar service in Arizona and Texas later this year. The company says it has a distinct advantage over virtual-only services because patients can start with a remote visit but still visit a brick-and-mortar FastMed location if needed. And if the virtual view really is sufficient, they can get an electronic prescription and get on with their day, also minimizing traffic in the clinic itself. FastMed operates more than 100 clinics that offer both urgent care and occupational medicine services in North Carolina, Arizona, and Texas.
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