OhMD, a healthcare communications platform, is providing a free version of its patient texting platform to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) through instantaneous communications between patient and medical practice.

Several hospitals in all 50 US states are already using the OhMD platform for patient engagement and communication.

Nurture Pediatrics in Houston, Texas pediatrician Dr. Janet Pate said: “My practice is relying heavily on secure texting right now.

“Our team is able to ask questions about travel history and decide if the patient should come into the office. We are also asking that patients text us upon arrival for their appointment so we can remotely assess their condition before they enter the office.”

OhMD co-founder Ethan Bechtel said: “Healthcare providers are acting as quickly as they can to respond to Covid-19cases, but the sense of urgency in helping them communicate with patients about virus updates, outbreaks, patient status, and treatments cannot be understated.

“With Covid-19, isolation is critical. OhMD is offering healthcare providers and patients a platform to communicate online without risk of contagion from in-person communications. We have taken the most important features from our premium plan and are providing it at no cost to healthcare practices and hospitals until the Covid-19 risk subsides.”

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Text messaging has become an effective communication approaches between providers and patients.

OhMD’s text messaging platform enables effective communications to happen during an epidemic or major outbreak such as coronavirus, while simultaneously allowing social distancing.

The company built the free platform in response to providers’ requests for a solution to address the requirements surrounding coronavirus response and preparedness.

Implementation of the free coronavirus communications platform is claimed to be simple and fast. It features features of the OhMD premium plan at no cost.

With the use of OhMD’s free communications platform, hospitals can quickly and safely discuss patients’ travel history, symptoms, treatment, and concerns before they arrive in person at a waiting room.