launches in California

Online clinic provides treatment for acne, birth control, bladder
infection and more than 50 other common conditions in 30 minutes or less

now is offering around-the-clock convenience care for more than 50
common conditions to anyone who lives, works or travels within
California. The mobile-based clinic is accessible anytime for care from
certified nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat minor ailments,
with a prescription when appropriate.

“We’re excited to bring to California,” says Kevin
Palattao, vice president for virtuwell. “The online clinic we’ve created
really isn’t like anything else out there. We’ve found a way to package
affordability, simplicity and clinical effectiveness into a hassle-free
online experience. We’ve found that’s what customers are increasingly
looking for when they seek online care and that’s why they consistently
choose virtuwell to treat simple medical conditions.”

A visit at
starts with an adaptive interview based on the symptoms a customer
describes. Certified nurse practitioners review the information to make
a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, which comes with a
prescription, if necessary, that’s sent to the customer’s pharmacy of
choice. An email or text is sent once the treatment plan is ready,
usually in 30 minutes or less.

Each treatment costs $45 and comes with free follow-up care. Among the
conditions virtuwell is able to treat include acne, birth control,
bladder infection, sinus infection and sunburn. In addition, virtuwell
doesn’t require specialized technology or use of a webcam, further
improving access and convenience.

Since its 2010 launch, virtuwell has treated more than 170,000 cases.
According to customers, 99 percent say the online clinic is simple to
use, and 98 percent say they would recommend the service to a family
member or friend. In addition to California, virtuwell is available in
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York,
North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

To learn more, or to try virtuwell, visit

About virtuwell®
virtuwell is a 24/7 online
clinic developed by HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed
nonprofit health care organization in the nation with a mission to
improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and
the community. Designed to deliver a refreshingly simple and affordable
health care experience, virtuwell treats and provides a prescription, if
needed, for more than 50 common conditions like sinus and bladder
infections, pink eye, minor skin conditions like acne or rashes, and
more. To learn more, visit


For virtuwell
Daniel Foss, 952-883-6545
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