Same-day care is a good option for community members suffering with cold and flu
With cold and flu season in full swing, many may be experiencing classic symptoms such as a cough, runny nose or fever. Prisma Health–Midlands offers a fast, more convenient way to get treatment for non-emergency needs when your doctor is not readily available. Patients can use their smartphone, tablet or computer to complete an online interview about their symptoms, which are reviewed by a licensed provider.
The online service, SmartExam, is for minor medical conditions, including colds, flu, sinus pain, urinary tract infections, allergies and skin rashes. SmartExam is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays. No appointment is needed. The provider will review your symptoms and respond within one hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The cost for a diagnosis and treatment plan is only $20.
“SmartExam is one of several ways we are trying to make health care easier and more convenient for our patients and the community, while still providing high-quality care,” said Bill Gerard, MD, emergency medicine physician and CEO of the Prisma Health Midlands Network. “It offers a secure means of reaching a provider anytime, anywhere, especially when patients can find it difficult to leave work to go to a doctor’s office.”
Here’s how SmartExam works:
“We want to ensure that our patients get the best possible health care in the setting that is most appropriate for them,” said Gerard. “We want to meet our patients’ needs in a manner that is both efficient and cost effective, and we’ve found that our patients who are using SmartExam appreciate that.”
Other ways to receive same-day care for minor conditions
Prisma Health also offers several options to provide patients with more affordable and convenient care. These locations are staffed with physicians, physician assistants and advanced care providers. These programs have more flexible hours including evenings and weekends, cost about the same as a regular office visit, and no appointment is needed. Options available include:
For more information, visit our same-day care options page.