Beaufort Memorial has launched BMH Care Anywhere, a new service that provides access to online video visits whenever and wherever patients need them.

Video visits can be held anytime on a smartphone or tablet using the BMH Care Anywhere app, or a computer equipped with a camera and internet service. It’s simple to use, private and secure. Enrollment is free, with a minimal cost per visit.

BMH Care Anywhere was launched to employees earlier this month, and was scheduled for a public launch later this spring. Due to the increase in flu and respiratory illnesses, administrators and physicians decided to launch the program immediately to provide patients an alternative to urgent care centers and emergency rooms.

“We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community, particularly during such a critical cold and flu season,” said BMH President and CEO Russell Baxley. “The ability to initiate a virtual visit from home or work on your own schedule, based on your needs, means faster care and more convenience. At the end of the day that’s what is best for patients, and that’s our mission as the community’s healthcare provider.”

Virtual visits are ideal for non-emergencies and minor illnesses like colds and flu, sore throat, allergies, rashes, pink eye and other infections. The providers can consult, diagnose and prescribe medications for a number of conditions. Services are provided by both board-certified BMH doctors and physician assistants, and an online care group of providers.

To learn more or to enroll, visit bmhcareanywhere.org, or download the BMH Care Anywhere app in the App Store or Google Play.