Medical mobile applications and websites are becoming more commonly used by patients and consumers, and many healthcare providers today are evaluating whether and how to connect with their patients through these channels.
With today’s advanced technology, telemedicine and telehealth apps and websites are making healthcare dramatically more affordable, preventative, convenient, and, in many ways, downright better.
The real beauty of these online services and apps is that they are collectively creating a more competitive marketplace for health and wellness services. An increase in competition typically means better results, lower costs, and educational value. These apps and websites are truly modernizing healthcare.
Below are a few medical, wellness, and health apps and online services that are changing the face of healthcare.
Entrepreneur Thom Weisel has supported various health causes over the years. In an effort to reduce the burden of cancers in families with a hereditary cancer syndrome, Thom worked with Dr. Jonathan Terdiman, co-director of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program at UCSF Medical Center to launch KinTalk in 2013. KinTalk is a website that enables people to share critical genetic risk information with their at-risk relatives in a safe and secure online environment.
Microsoft HealthVault is a mobile app and online service where people can keep their medical records safe and up-to-date, allowing them to share information securely with healthcare professionals and people they trust. It’s developed a dedicated following, including people with chronic conditions who need to track daily health metrics, such as glucose, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Users can input their data manually or have it done automatically by connecting HealthVault to fitness trackers, medical devices, and other apps.
LiveHealth Online is a telemedicine service that allows users to connect with a doctor via video call and even get prescriptions written based on that virtual visit. LiveHealth accepts a number of healthcare plans. Each consultation is a flat $49 if your plan doesn’t cover online visits, you haven’t met your plan’s deductible, or have no coverage.