Telehealth moves to the browser

This story first appeared in the February 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Telehealth provider GP2U recently released a new version of its iPhone app with in-built WebRTC functionality and is now using the technology to conduct video conferences between GPs, specialists and patients through its website. The company is also getting ready to make its presence a bit more public, having bedded down many aspects of its technology platform.

Early last year, Tasmanian-based telehealth firm GP2U caused a few ripples in the medical press when it announced it was launching a paid service that would allow patients to see a GP via video conference.

Called Skype2doctor, the service allows patients to make an appointment online for a video conference from home over Skype with a remote doctor, usually working from home as well.

The idea is to allow patients to register to use the service, choose a GP by appointment time, location, gender, languages spoken or services offered, and to sit in a virtual waiting room until the appointment time.

The GP can write a prescription for the patient if necessary and fax it to their nearest pharmacy, and can also transfer a medical certificate for the patient to print out, along with a copy of the consultation notes that can be sent to the patient’s regular GP. The GP sets their own fees for the consultation, and the patient pays by PayPal or credit card.

To read the full story, click here for the February 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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