WHAT: Grand Opening Event debuting Artificial Intelligence-powered, virtual medical clinics inside Phoenix-area Safeway stores. Mayor Mark Mitchell to host ribbon cutting and make remarks.
WHEN: Thursday, 29 November 2018, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ribbon cutting and tours of the clinic. An open house for Safeway shoppers and visitors curious to see this one-of-a-kind medical clinic will occur from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Tempe Safeway Store, 926 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, Arizona 85282
WHY: Akos, a leader in virtual health solutions, has launched in five Phoenix-area Safeway stores first-of-its-kind, AI-powered medical clinics featuring telehealth and onsite health professionals. This event is an opportunity to experience the technology and witness first-hand how it will transform the way we access personal healthcare forever. We are hosting at the Tempe Safeway store, around the corner from Arizona State University, because ASU students and interns helped to develop the technology.
Here’s how it works: While sitting in front of a computer screen and a rack of simple-to-use, FDA-approved medical devices, patients are guided by Augmented Reality through self-administered steps to collect data such as weight, temperature, blood pressure, and blood oxygen content, as well as ear, nose and throat images, and chest, lung and abdomen sounds. Follow-up questions are asked until the information necessary for diagnostic decision is collected. The total process typically takes less than 15 minutes. A complete patient work-up is sent electronically to an Akos provider with a breakdown of potential illnesses and treatment options. Through a video consultation, the provider engages with the patient to confirm the AI-collected information, verify the diagnosis, and confirm or modify the treatment plan formulated by the system.
Every detail of the encounter is automatically charted and scribed into the electronic medical record. The AI also sends the prescription and/or test orders to the appropriate healthcare partner, e.g. imaging centers, pharmacies, etc., and completes the billing process. In the appropriate timeframe, depending upon the diagnosis, the AI follows up with the patient to check their health status and schedule a follow-up visit, if warranted.