Some Indiana residents without access to virtual healthcare will soon have a new option following an initiative by Centene, Samsung Electronics America and several Indiana healthcare providers. Indianapolis-based Managed Health Services says it will offer free Samsung A10e smartphones to patients who are otherwise unable to use telehealth services.
“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re increasingly seeing the importance that telehealth can play in maintaining a person’s health. If a person does not have access to a compatible device though, then that can create gaps in care, especially among rural and underserved communities,” said Kevin O’Toole, MHS president and chief executive officer.
The phones come with 90 days of free wireless service, with 250 of them being donated to six federally-qualified health centers in Indiana.
The Indiana locations:
- Jane Pauley Community Health Center, Indianapolis – 80 phones
- Windrose Health Network, Greenwood – 50 phones
- Centerstone of Indiana, Bloomington – 10 phones
- Gary Community Healthnet, Gary – 50 phones
- HealthLinc, Valparaiso – 30 phones
- Heart City Health, Elkhart – 30 phones