GVS, 20/20NOW Create First Mobile Ocular Telehealth Center

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NEW YORK—General Vision Services (GVS), a leading vision benefits provider is partnering with ocular telehealth pioneer 20/20NOW to create the first mobile eyecare center featuring ocular telehealth. Starting this month, the center will provide on-site eyecare and eyewear services at GVS client locations. Members of GVS clients will be able to take care of all their optical needs while at work. "After reviewing the available tele-health options GVS selected 20/20NOW because of their standard of care and experience within the ocular telehealth space," said Maureen Flaherty, vice president of network operations for GVS. "This new digital healthcare technology will enable us to provide our members with convenient access to eyecare services while at the same time lowering costs. Oftentimes members don't receive regular eye exams because they have to take time off work to see the doctor. With ocular telehealth, members are now able to receive comprehensive eyecare in a very convenient and cost-efficient manner."

Remarked Chuck Scott, 20/20NOW CEO and telehealth industry veteran, "This is another example how telehealth can improve access to state-of-the-art equipment and digital comprehensive eye exams. We look forward to partnering with GVS to improve the customer experience."

20/20NOW provides comprehensive eye exams, including eye health screenings, via telehealth. Over 2.5 million eye exams have been performed worldwide using its proprietary exam software, the company said.

One group of GVS clients for whom healthy vision is particularly important are drivers for black car services. Recognizing this need, the company recently contracted with Uber, Lyft and other ride services to provide vision benefits to their qualified drivers in the greater New York metro region. GVS’ mobile center, in conjunction with its PPO Network, will be used to provide eyecare to the drivers.