Even people without Anthem insurance can use its new app to schedule, pay for care via smartphone

Anthem will roll out a new app this month that will give members and nonmembers the ability to schedule and pay for medical care through their smartphones, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The app, right now called CareSpree, will be tested in Indiana during the last week of July. Anthem plans to expand the app to people across its 14 main states. The app will include an artificial intelligence-powered chat function to predict diagnoses for consumers after they enter their symptoms and other health information. The app then allows users to connect with a physician through text for follow-up.

Video physician visits will also be a feature of the app. The app will allow Anthem and non-Anthem users to schedule in-person physician visits, MRIs and X-rays, and pay a prenegotiated rate through their smartphones. Anthem has made deals with 10 healthcare providers for the app, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Users not covered by Anthem will be charged to text and video message with physicians. Anthem members will be able to tie the app with their health history and health plan, allowing them to pay any out-of-pocket charges with their smartphone. Additionally, Anthem will offer a new digital personal health record for its members later this year.

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