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SA StartUp RecoMed Partners With Discovery Vitality

SA StartUp RecoMed Partners With Discovery Vitality. RecoMed, a South African health tech innovator, has partnered with Discovery Vitality to simplify bookings for flu vaccines and Vitality Health Checks. With more than 1,000 approved Discovery Vitality providers on the platform, members can locate a convenient location with just a few clicks, including pharmacies, GPs and Discovery’s own Discovery Stores. The collaboration between Discovery Vitality and RecoMed has reimagined bookings and efficiencies for independent members and corporates. The platform’s ease of use and accessibility has seen impressive uptake, with over 20,000 bookings been made since April 2024.

The collaboration with RecoMed has allowed for Discovery Vitality to radically modernise and speed up access to healthcare providers for these essential services while transforming member experiences. “As South Africa has entered the flu season, it’s important that we make it as easy as possible for our members to find an approved Discovery Vitality partner at a convenient location for their flu vaccine and Vitality Health Check,” says Karen Johnson, Head of Strategic Programmes and Wellness at Discovery Vitality. “Moving the booking journey onto this accessible, digital platform has allowed our members to simply click and book vaccines and Vitality Health Checks without waiting in a queue or spending time navigating long lists.”

Members can make bookings at Discovery Stores, Dis-Chem, Clicks, corporate pharmacies or general practitioners within the approved Vitality network. Bookings can be made 24/7, at any time of the night or day to suit member schedules and lifestyles. Every part of the platform has been designed to simplify and streamline access to healthcare for Discovery Vitality members, reinforcing the company’s commitment to providing exceptional care and experiences.

“This collaboration showcases Discovery Vitality’s commitment to supporting and empowering their members,” says Sheraan Amod, CEO at RecoMed. “Members can easily manage their family’s health within a simple system that allows them to stay ahead of their Vitality Health Checks, and the benefits this delivers, as well as to protect themselves ahead of flu season.”

Using the system is simple. Members go to the Vitality bookings site, enter their street address, suburb, or city, select the most relevant region from the drop-down menu and then click on the search icon. Immediately, they are provided with a list of providers listed according to distance from their location. They can then view the provider’s profile and make an instant booking. If members want to book a Health Check at home, they can select this option and then follow the prompts to access a home check. These are at no additional cost to members.

“It is a convenient, technology-enabled, easy to use platform that taps into a very real member need,” continues Amod. “We’ve worked closely with the Discovery Group for a while, partnering with them to enhance their already advanced offerings, and this collaboration is another example of how forward-thinking they are as a company.”

By Thomas Chiothamisi
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