The new service is called NuaHealth and the technology underpinning it is already in place as Nua Solutions is the company behind Webdoctor and other telehealth services in Ireland and Germany. It currently supports over 750,000 patients across Europe.
The NuaHealth platform will optimise clinical communication and reduce the time to treat patients using a comprehensive suite of modular technologies including secure video, secure in-app messaging, clinical screening questionnaires, clinical support plus laboratory and device integrations.
Irish health insurer Laya Healthcare, owned by insurance company AIG, uses Nua Solutions’ technology for its GPLive online video consultation service, available to over 580,000 of its members.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Nua Solutions will roll out NuaHealth to Irish GPs and clinicians so they can offer online doctor services to their own patients. In the current environment it will be a significant help in the fight against Covid-19.
Patients will be able to consult with their GP via their mobile phone, tablet or computer, alleviating the need for them to leave their home.
It will also help protect the health of GPs and other front line health personnel by significantly reducing the need for physical interaction with patients.
Founded by Dr Sylvester Mooney, Oisin Kim, Howard Kim, Martin Commins, Krzysztof Adamski and Gerard Kelly in 2013, Nua Solutions has been delivering telemedicine software and services for over six years.
The announcement came following consultation with Ireland’s Department of Health and its Health Service Executive.
“We are pleased to partner with Nua Solutions who have pivoted the company to produce a HSE branded video consultation tool for GPs and other healthcare providers in a matter of days. Their agility and the willingness to offer the service at cost price is a great exemplar of how the digital health ecosystem in Ireland is responding to the Covid 19 crisis,” said Prof. Martin Curley, HSE Digital Transformation Director.
Apple and Google helped by fast-tracking the app through their app stores review process.
“During the current and future pressures, which may lead to continued restricted movement, our health services face challenges unthinkable just a few months ago,” said Nua Solutions chief executive Oisin Kim. “NuaHealth is well-placed to support the public”.