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Medical Clinic of the Future Is Now Open in Flagstaff Safeway Store

December 16, 2019 GMT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 16, 2019--

Access to fast, quality healthcare just got a lot more convenient for Flagstaff-area residents. The Safeway store, located at 4910 N. Highway 89, now has the first Artificial Intelligence-powered medical clinic in the area, operated by Akos Med Clinic, offering a uniquely efficient, yet comprehensive experience with a healthcare provider. The clinic opened on Monday, Dec. 2.

“This is the 13 th clinic we’ve opened with Akos Med Clinic in our stores, and the response has been tremendous. Our customers really do appreciate the convenience and efficiency of this type of approach to healthcare,” said Joe Leyba, director of Pharmacy for Albertsons Companies Southwest, which operates Safeway stores. “We are committed to providing our customers with unprecedented convenience for their total health needs, and our hope is that this clinic, and the others that we have opened, will improve access to healthcare because the clinics are located in the same place our customers are already buying groceries or picking up their prescriptions.”

The Flagstaff store joins 13 other clinics located in Safeway stores in Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Laveen, Phoenix, Scottsdale (2), Show Low and Tempe; plus, one in Boise, Idaho. Expansion plans are in the works to bring more clinics to other stores in Arizona and to other states. Our 14 th location in Show Low opened on Dec. 9.

“Patients have been delighted by their experience and, most importantly, appreciative of the interaction with our healthcare providers, both in person with our medical assistants, and virtually with our medical providers,” said Kishlay Anand, MD, founder and CEO of Akos. “As a society, we’re so used to everyday tasks happening quickly. Healthcare can be efficient too with the help of automation; and we’re proving that an efficient experience can also be a quality, comprehensive, and connective experience with a provider.”

So, what makes a visit to this healthcare clinic different from the norm? Patients experience an automated health encounter using Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, with the support of an in-person medical assistant and a virtually connected medical provider. Here’s how it works:

In addition to diagnosis and treatment for most common ailments or injuries (except those that require a physical examination by a provider such as a fracture), Akos Med Clinics can collect a wide variety of lab tests ordered by a provider via the medical assistant/phlebotomist. Tests include flu, strep, pregnancy, glucose, drug screen, urinalysis, mononucleosis and more.

Akos Med Clinic accepts most commercial insurance plans, along with AHCCCS and Medicare. The clinic also accepts self-pay patients, currently for only $75. For more information or to schedule a tour of the clinic, please call Andrea Smiley at 480-560-9214 or andrea.c.smiley@gmail.com.

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