UnityPoint Health Now Offers Virtual Care Options for Children in Iowa


As a leader in innovative care options in Iowa, UnityPoint Health has expanded its virtual care offerings to pediatric patients across the state.

Individuals with children, ages 2-17, who are unable to see a primary care provider or visit a walk-in clinic, may now consider our virtual care options, SmartExam or virtual urgent care, for treatment of several common ailments and illness.

SmartExam and virtual urgent care are available every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in MyUnityPoint for patients within the state of Iowa. For more information on all virtual care options, visit unitypoint.org/virtualcare. (New MyUnityPoint users can find information on setting up an account at chart.myunitypoint.org.)

“This is one more way we are making care easier and more accessible for patients of all ages,” said Patricia Newland, M.D., President of UnityPoint Clinic.


Pediatric patients (ages 2-17) can currently receive treatment options for several common ailments and illness through SmartExam, including: acne, burns, head lice, red eye and upper respiratory illness. All patients using SmartExam pay a flat $30 fee and answer questions about their symptoms through an intuitive online screening tool. They’ll then receive a diagnosis and treatment options from a trusted UnityPoint Health provider in less than an hour.

Virtual Urgent Care

Through virtual urgent care UnityPoint Health providers can diagnose, recommend treatment and prescribe medication when necessary for many common ailments and illness via video chat. Individuals, in Iowa, can request a virtual urgent care visit through MyUnityPoint. Some restrictions do apply for patients, ages 2-17, visit our virtual care page for more information.

Award-Winning Self-Scheduling

Patients can also reserve a time to be seen in-person at our Urgent Care, Express and Express Care clinics, as well as schedule same-day appointments with their primary care provider or their care team. UnityPoint Health has received the 2023 Consumer-Centricity Award for excellent user experience in self-scheduling by The Health Management Academy (HMA).

UnityPoint Health received top honors for its online self-scheduling amongst more than 40 health systems that were randomly tested this year by HMA.