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New Zealand: Health insurer in telemedicine trial for employees

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Sep 2018

New Zealand InsurTech Life & Health

Listed health insurer, nib, has carried out a trial on a teleconference-style health programme aimed at improving corporate workers’ health without their having to leave work.
 
The test, conducted with Auckland-based Doctor2Go, the medical company behind a pioneering remote doctor consulting trial, is the first study of its kind in New Zealand.
 
Speaking to Hawke’s Bay Today, Doctor2Go co-founder Michael Haskell said the results of the new trial were “very positive”.
 
“We’ve just concluded a six-month trial with our insurance partner, nib, that investigated whether or not remote blood pressure monitoring would be beneficial to corporate office workers in helping them co-manage their health and make proactive lifestyle choices.”
 
Nib chief executive Rob Hennin said the service had been integrated into the company’s holistic wellbeing strategy.
 
“The platform is used on average 15 times per month, and our people think it’s great. It provides them with the opportunity to consult with a GP quickly and conveniently without leaving the office. We believe that bringing this service into the workplace is going to redefine corporate wellness.” A 
 
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