When you’re not feeling too hot, a day of bed rest may just do the trick. Sometimes, it can be something a bit more complex and something that might require a trip to the doctor. For those times that you just can’t get yourself to the doctor, or those in certain countries that don’t have free healthcare and may not have insurance or the money to pay for a visit out of pocket, the new HealthTap app may be just what the doctor ordered. If you can’t get to a doctor for whatever reason and you decide to do your own research, you’ll quickly find that self-diagnosis is not only difficult, it is more often that not something which can lead to the wrong diagnosis. That of course means that it can also be dangerous. Asking for medical opinions in random communities can be just as dangerous and going to a website that lets you ask a question for doctors to answer could take a while.
With the HealthTap app, users can post a question that will normally see an answer from a real doctor much faster than the average web community. HealthTap’s flagship feature though, is its instant access to a doctor any day, any time. For a fee, users can instantly consult with a physician via text chat or video chat to get a much better idea of what may be wrong with them. In some cases (depending on insurance considerations and other factors), doctors can even send prescriptions to pharmacies or write up referrals to specialists for you.
With the latest update, the app can also let multiple participants get in on a consultation. This means that a guardian can consult with a aging parent or a child and a doctor, or somebody who doesn’t speak English could consult with a doctor who lacks foreign language skills by putting a translator into the chat with them. All transmissions via the app are private, HIPAA-compliant, and encrypted, assuring total user security and privacy. On top of consulting live with a doctor or leaving a question, users can even choose a specialist from 141 different areas of medicine to pose a specific question to. So whether you’re feeling a bit under the weather or just want a lifeline in case you ever can’t get to your doctor immediately, head through the link below and over to the Google Play Store listing to give the free app a try.