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HealthPlus, Canadian provider partner on telemedicine, health insurance portability

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Outpost Health, a Canadian digital health provider, has partnered with HealthPlus to deliver its award-winning telemedicine platform to the largest pharmacy chain in Nigeria

The agreement will allow HealthPlus to utilise the Outpost platform, a proprietary secure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)-compliant digital health and payments solution.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA or the Kennedy–Kassebaum Act is a United States federal statute enacted by the 104th United States Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 21, 1996. It was created primarily to modernise the flow of healthcare information, stipulate how personally identifiable information maintained by the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries should be protected from fraud and theft, and address limitations on healthcare insurance coverage.

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The Outpost platform connects providers, patients, payors, pharmacies, labs and health facilities globally and serves to provide seamless access and enhanced quality of care to all.

They said Outpost Co-founders Dr. Didi Emokpare and Dr. Jude Emokpare said, “Having grown up in Nigeria, we are all too familiar with the challenges of healthcare access and industry fragmentation. To address these challenges, we need partners with the highest ethical standards and a commitment to providing innovative quality healthcare such as HealthPlus.”

Outpost Health is committed to power the next generation of digital health partnerships and bridge gaps in care delivery across the world by leveraging advances in technology to provide powerful solutions to complex problems.

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In a statement from the company, HealthPlus noted that it is “delighted to announce the launch of our newest innovation, the digitization of our pharmacy and retail services powered through a partnership with Outpost Healthcare.”

“Through the Outpost app, our customers will be able to, consult a specialist doctor via a virtual visit, digitally fulfill a prescription, maintain health records, and utilize a health wallet, along with much more. Through this innovative platform, HealthPlus will continue to provide vigilant pharmacy support and community education.”

Chief Transformation Officer of HealthPlus, Chidi Okoro, said: “We are excited to continue in our quest to provide the Nigerian consumers with high-quality, lifesaving, affordable products, and services. We will continue to make a meaningful and lasting impact by contributing our quota to the achievement of universal healthcare coverage and to increasing life expectancy for all Nigerians.”

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