Monday, 25 October 2010

virtuwell launches

Note: The opinions expressed in this post (and all others) are my own and are not necessarily representative of those of AKQA, HealthPartners or any party involved in virtuwell. Please read this press release for more information.

Today is a good day. This morning, at around 7am PST, HealthPartners launched an application called virtuwell. It was created in partnership with AKQA (the company I work for) over the last 15 months or so.

The premise of the application is simple. If you or your kids are feeling sick and you are short of time, or perhaps if you don't have insurance, then virtuwell may be for you. It offers online diagnosis and treatment (including prescriptions) at a very affordable cost - it may even be covered by your health plan.

As Technical Architect, virtuwell was definitely the most challenging project of my career. We were responsible for developing the entire application, and had to meet the strict security and quality requirements that come hand in hand with a healthcare app without sacrificing a clean, friendly user interface. On top of that, I've had to master an entirely new technology stack. We have all learned a lot.

As a recent arrival in the USA, I have barely began to understand the challenges facing the health system here, but I am proud to have been part of a passionate and dedicated team that has made strides towards making healthcare more accessible to all.

It is also my mother's birthday.

As I said earlier, today is a good day.

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