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5 Mobile Apps That Will Save You a Trip to the Doctor

By    |   Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 10:14 PM

Smartphone apps may be bringing doctor house calls back in a whole new way. New smartphone apps have been saving users a trip to the doctor by bringing the doctor to them – either in person or via virtual house calls.

"Why can't we provide care to people wherever they are?" Dr. Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center asked Fox News. "Think of taking your mom with Alzheimer's to a big urban medical center. Just getting through the parking lot they're disoriented.”

"That's the standard of care but is it what we should be doing?" he asked, praising the way several smartphone apps are now changing the form of doctor visits.

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Here are five mobile apps that can save patients trips to the doctor by bringing the doctor to them:

1. Heal
Heal allows patients to call for a doctor to come to their house in just an hour for a flat fee of $99 and a swipe of their finger. Heal doctors are all licensed and background-checked. Right now, “the Uber for doctor house calls” only services adults and children in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco.

2. Pager
Pager, like Heal, brings medical care to your door from a smartphone. Pager services New York City from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. The first visit is only $50 while regular urgent care visits are $200 and physicals are $100. The app’s co-founder, Oscar Salazar, was also part of the team that created Uber, according to The New York Times.

3. Doctor on Demand
Doctor on Demand allows you to video chat with a doctor without leaving your bed. From any tablet or smartphone patients can chat with medical, pediatric, psychology, and lactation professionals in sessions that last up to 50 minutes and range from $40 to $95.

4. MDLive
MDLive provides board certified doctors who can be reached through the mobile app’s video features or via phone. Patients can reach a doctor or therapist on MDLive 24/7 for a flat fee of $49 per visit.

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5. Teladoc
Teladoc was one of the earliest telehealth apps and brings medical care to your living room via a smartphone, computer, or tablet. Patients can reach board-certified doctors via Teladoc 24/7. Since Teladoc matched users with medical professionals in their state, prices vary.

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