PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- RB, a global leading consumer health and hygiene company, today announced a new partnership with Walmart on a groundbreaking campaign that aims to provide better healthcare access for consumers. Together, the companies have collaborated on a "telehealth" initiative with Doctor On Demand, the nation's leading virtual care provider, to make seeing doctors easier than ever before by easing the cost barrier and providing consumers with unprecedented access to high-quality, board-certified physicians on mobile phones, tablets or computers this cold & flu season.
The landmark initiative is part of RB's longer-term commitment to help provide more affordable healthcare access to consumers regardless of outside factors such as income and time constraints. The collaboration aims to put healthcare back into people's own hands and empowers individuals to live healthier lives.
"This initiative is a big first step in delivering on RB and Walmart's shared purpose of unlocking every American's right to healthier lives. We found through research that many Walmart shoppers are looking for new ways to take health matters into their own hands. However, despite consumers' desire to take more control of their health, the path isn't always clear, and access to fast, reliable and affordable healthcare solutions remains a cause of stress," said Gregory Chabidon, CMO USA, RB Health Unit. "The program with Doctor On Demand at the start of cough, cold & flu season is designed to help improve access to healthcare at just the right time. We are really excited to learn from this and to continue building on our healthcare collaboration with Walmart."
This fall, consumers who purchase Mucinex®, Delsym®, Airborne® or Digestive Advantage® at any Walmart stores or Walmart.com will receive a limited time offer for a no-cost telehealth medical consultation with a Doctor On Demand physician.* Doctor On Demand allows consumers to connect face-to-face with board-certified doctors over live video visit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a typical wait time of five minutes.
"Partnering with RB and Walmart is a big step in moving the telemedicine industry forward, and ensuring that consumers are aware they can see a physician and receive high-quality care anywhere, at any time," said Hill Ferguson, CEO at Doctor On Demand. "At Doctor On Demand, our physicians can treat 90 percent of the most common medical issues seen in the ER and urgent care, including cold & flu, skin and eye issues, allergies, back pain, and more. We're proud to be driving innovative solutions that put patients first and improve access to care this cold & flu season and beyond."
The "telehealth" campaign was born out of the idea that healthcare in America is currently at a crossroads. Recent data** illustrates alarming trends about inaccessibility to proper medical care, and a dwindling trust in the current system:
- It takes an average of 18 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor
- It can take up to three hours from the time patients leave for an appointment to receive treatment and get back to your destination
"At Walmart, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our consumers," said Annie Walker, VP OTC Merchandising, Walmart. "We believe that this collaboration will be a tremendous step forward in improving access to healthcare, during a time when people face challenges to getting the right treatment at the right time."
RB is a global leading consumer health and hygiene company. Driven by a purpose of providing innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, RB has operations in over 60 countries. From the foundations of wellness and infant nutrition, to the fundamentals of a hygienic home, its global brands help people live healthier, happier lives.
RB has world leading Powerbrands, which include household names such as Enfamil, Nutramigen, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Cillit Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, Calgon, Woolite and Air Wick.
RB's unique culture is at the heart of its success. Its drive to achieve, passion to outperform, and commitment to quality and scientific excellence are manifested in the work of over 40,000 employees worldwide.
Walmart Inc. helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About Doctor On Demand
Doctor On Demand is a nationwide healthcare service that provides video visits with board-certified physicians, psychiatrists and licensed psychologists via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Patients download the Doctor On Demand app or visit www.doctorondemand.com, provide a list of their symptoms, and are connected for a video visit within minutes. Prescriptions, if needed, are sent directly to the pharmacy of choice. Doctor On Demand physicians can also order lab work, allowing for the treatment of a broader range of conditions and chronic care management.
Through its 5-star rated mobile application and website, consumers can access board-certified physicians in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with a typical wait time of 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doctor On Demand delivers services to individuals through employers and health plans directly to consumers. While insurance isn't required, tens of millions of Americans enjoy covered medical and mental health visits.
Doctor On Demand is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. To access Doctor On Demand, download the app (iTunes or Google Play) or visit www.doctorondemand.com.
*Program runs through December 31, 2018 while supplies last.
**Source: Doctor on Demand