VitalityHealth is partnering with medical consultant booking and review platform Doctify to enable members to search for doctors by speciality, rating and location.
The service, called ‘Vitality Specialist Finder powered by Doctify’, enables patients to book appointments on the site 24 hours a day as well as publicly rate and review the doctors, in what Vitality is describing as a UK first.
The new service is currently being rolled out to members via VitalityHealth’s Musculoskeletal (MSK) team and will fully launch with direct member access to clinicians later this year.
The service combines direct appointment booking requests, consultant reviews and feedback, and key consultant information and promotes patient choice across a range of members’ hospital lists and across the UK
Dr Ali Hasan, clinical operations director, VitalityHealth, says: “Doctify are great partners for us. Founded by two doctors, they impressed us by how close their vision in this space was to ours – technology to empower patients to help them find the right care for them, first time, quickly, and reassuringly.
“We know that finding the right consultant can sometimes be very confusing for members. And our range of options – our clinician and healthcare panels, our specialist finder, and our award-winning healthcare associates – help make the journey much easier for our members. Our new Vitality Specialist Finder will provide faster, better access to care for patients as well as create more transparency. Our aim is to use this platform to enhance the relationship between patients and health specialists and to make it easier for our members to receive the best quality treatment and care.”
Suman Saha, medical director & co-founder, Doctify, says: “The launch of ‘Vitality Specialist Finder powered by Doctify’ will, for the first time, give members access to key information when selecting the right specialist for themselves. In what can be an anxious time, this will provide their members with the very best healthcare experience. We believe that this is just the first step of a partnership to empower patients and create a seamless patient journey.”
Brian Walters, principal of Cheltenham-based medical insurance brokers Regency Health, says: “This is an excellent development that will empower VitalityHealth’s members to make more informed choices about their healthcare. The Doctify service, with its patient reviews and online booking facility, is a perfect fit for VitalityHealth, which continues to refine its proposition in order to remain at the vanguard of the private medical insurance market.”