If you ever find yourself in need of a doctor when you are travelling abroad but do not want to risk seeing someone you are unfamiliar with. There is now a medical app called DktrGo which allows anyone to see a qualified GP from their mobile phone over secure video. The online Doctor app has just launched and is taking advantage of the popularity of video calls.
A number of GP Practices have been piloting video consultations with Skype with positive feedback from Doctors and almost all patients surveyed about their experience of the remote consultation service said they ‘would use it again’ (95%). Dr Alice Fraser, the lead GP at the pilot practice Cavendish Health Centre in Westminster, said: ‘The flexibility that remote working offers means clinicians can make more efficient and productive use of time. I live outside of London so I found the use of Skype particularly helpful as I could carry out consultations with my patients from home without having to travel to London, which meant I was able to better balance my work and family commitments. ‘Our patients with mobility or transport problems could get a more detailed consultation via Skype than a telephone conversation might allow, so this service proved especially useful for them.’ To stay ahead of the curve medical practitioners need to embrace technology and having a mobile healthcare strategy is critical, because mobile is beginning to define the future of healthcare.