It’s Been a Big Week for Telemedicine and Telehealth


Story by Neil Versel

Congratulations to the rest of the world — you know, people outside the health IT industry — on discovering telemedicine this week. In fact, kudos to some inside the industry for understanding its potential.

HealthTap, a Silicon Valley startup that had focused on the controversial practice of crowdsourcing answers to specific medical questions from a pool of thousands of physicians, on Wednesday unveiled HealthTap Prime, which, for $99 a month, gives people mobile videoconferencing access to doctors from pretty much anywhere in a matter of minutes. Forbes mobile technology reporter Parmy Olson likened it to on-demand car service Uber and to e-commerce heavyweight Amazon.


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