Higi leverages its smart health station network and engaged user base to support COVID-19 prevention efforts with new educational programs and a free, web-based digital symptom checker
Chicago, IL – April 1, 2020 – Higi is a consumer healthcare technology company making it easier for people to understand and act on their health data through guided journeys. To broaden awareness and prevention efforts around the COVID-19 outbreak, Higi is leveraging its network of 10,000 free-to-use, FDA-cleared, self-screening Smart Health Stations and digital programming to broadcast prevention tips and risk factors from the CDC and on behalf of its clients, like Rush University Medical Center.
Additionally, Higi is launching a new partnership with a leading remote health services provider, Babylon Health, to offer its users a free to use, self-service, online digital symptom checker along with access to clinical guidance on when to seek testing and potential treatment. With this tool, consumers will be able to better understand their risk of contracting COVID-19 and to get in touch with a clinical resource at Babylon, as appropriate. Furthermore, members of key health plan partners of Babylon will also have access to live coaching and telemedicine services.
“We are thankful to be able to continue to educate and support the public during this stressful time. We are hopeful that for those who are concerned about their health, our partnership with Babylon will offer the information needed to assuage their fears and take appropriate action.” Says Jeff Bennett, CEO at Higi. “During such uncertainty, we rely on digital innovation to move our healthcare system forward. Our partnership with Babylon gives our users more ways to proactively manage their health and wellbeing.”
“Covid-19 represents one of the biggest threats to public health for nearly a century and by partnering with Higi to share this vital resource across their vast user base and multiple engagement channels, we are able to increase accessible healthcare allowing us to support more people through this crisis. Through use of our digital tools, we will be able to assist those who are sick to get access to medical advice and information with our symptom checker and telemedicine appointments, and can help those without immediate clinical needs to manage their care and avoid unnecessary in-person appointments, also reducing the overall strain on front line services.” says Jory Tremblay, Managing Director of US Growth at Babylon.
The Higi platform offers education on the health topics consumers care about, including heart health, brain health and diabetes, with users opting in to engage with this content over 16 million times in the last year. Higi will used this established channel to continue engagement around the Coronavirus, offering on-station and digital resources to those who have opted in.
Higi is a consumer health engagement company making it easier for all people to measure, track and act on their health data through a free nationwide network of over 10,000 FDA-cleared self-screening Smart Health Stations located in pharmacy retailers and other community points of trust. With the ability to bring healthcare data into clinical workflows, Higi’s Smart Health Stations connect across the existing healthcare ecosystem, bridging station activity with digital tools to interact with consumers on the go and extend engagement, making it easier for consumers to remain active in their health. Healthcare stakeholders use Higi as a new access point to better reach, connect with and activate targeted populations; collect biometric and other health determinant data to stratify and prioritize; motivate consumers to take specific actions at a point of care or within the expanding care ecosystem activated by Higi connectivity. To date, more than 58 million people have used a Higi Station to conduct over 371 million biometric tests. For more information, visit us at www.higi.com.
Babylon’s mission is to put an accessible and affordable healthcare service in the hands of every person on earth. Using a combination of AI technology and medical expertise to deliver digital health tools in multiple languages and localized for multiple countries, the aim is to bring doctors and people closer together. Babylon gives people round-the-clock access to affordable – often free – holistic healthcare services, like digital health tools and video doctor appointments. The organisation now serves more than 4.3 million members worldwide and has partnered with government health authorities, leading insurers and businesses, to provide top quality care for patients. Partners include over 160 organisations worldwide including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rwandan Government, the NHS in the UK, TELUS Health In Canada and Prudential across South East Asia. The aim is to inspire change. And it’s all in the name of good health.