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Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away
National Public Radio

If you have health concerns and want guidance right away without going to the ER or making a doctor’s appointment, there’s an app for that. Several actually. New apps like HealthTap connect people with board-certified doctors via teleconferences and online question forums. Users can pay a monthly fee for unlimited video calls to doctors on the site. Their medical history is carried with them electronically and they can check in anytime, anywhere.

HealthTap can’t do everything a real doctor’s visit can accomplish, but it does offer people who may live far from a health provider, or who can’t afford a typical office visit, the option to consult with a professional. Dr. Jonathan Leander Po, an infectious disease physician at the University of Arizona and a doctor for HealthTap, says that questions about Ebola are coming up more frequently.