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February 20, 2019
The doctor is online
Winona residents no longer have to make the trip to the hospital for a simple check-up. With Winona Health’s new SmartExam program announced today, patients will be able to use their smartphones, computers, or tablets to receive care at the touch of a finger.
The program, which launches in Minnesota today and in Wisconsin on a later date, begins with an online questionnaire of current symptoms, medications, and health history. There is also a self-examination portion, where patients can go through some tests on their own and report back what they find.
From there, a provider at Winona Health will review the information and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients with common illnesses, like the flu, colds, allergies, rashes, urinary tract infection, pink eye, sore throat, and others will be able to be quickly diagnosed and move into treatment. In the case that the symptoms are more serious and require an in-person visit, they are referred for an appointment and the charge for the SmartExam is waived.