With today's technology, patients can now have a doctor's appointment via video call or get a prescription filled through a mobile app, no matter where they are. No need to leave home, negotiate traffic, or spend countless hours sitting in the waiting room.
Telemedicine and telehealth apps are changing the health care for the better, making it more convenient, less expensive, and more preventative.
Here, we list some of the most popular telemedicine apps that will enable you to talk to the doctor without leaving your home or sitting in the waiting room.
Doctor On Demand App
Doctor on Demand is probably one of the best-known telemedicine apps. The app enables patients to consult a doctor by video, without leaving their home.
Doctor OnDemand has more than 1,400 board-licensed physicians that can treat non-emergency medical issues such as cold and flu, upper respiratory infections, allergies, urinary tract infections, back pain, heart burn, sports injuries, pediatric issues, and more. The physicians can also refill existing prescriptions or travel medications.
Visit with a physician costs $40 per visit. Patients can also use the app to consult with a psychologist for $50 for a 25-minute session or $95 for a 50-minute session to get help with stress, anxiety, depression, and other issues.
The app is available on Android and iOS, and except the fee for the visit, it doesn't require subscription payment or monthly fee.
HealthTap is a website and app that connects patients to more than 50,000 doctors and dentists from across the U.S. for peer-checked answers to medical questions.
Patients can have a virtual medical appointment with a doctor, or just have their questions answered. Virtual visits cost $44 per visit, which is called Concierge service.
Users can choose to pay for a HealthTap Prime membership ($99/month), which gives them 24/7 access to top doctors anywhere via in-app messages, text chat, and video consultation, even when they are traveling overseas. The app doesn't accept insurance for payment.
If patients want to consult with their own personal doctors who aren't available in the app, they can invite them to join HealthTap.
HealthTap app is available on iOS and Android. Except for the visit free and membership costs, it's free to download and use.
Amwell was the most popular telehealth app of 2014 and 2015 in the U.S., based on combined iOS and Google Play downloads. Just like the previous two apps, Amwell connects patients 24/7 to the board-certified, experienced medical providers, enabling them to make on-demand or scheduled appointments.
Amwell physicians can provide the care regarding various patients' concerns, including cold/flu, respiratory infections, sore throat, strep throat, diarrhea, gout, urinary tract infections, hypertension, migraines, and more.
Patients can also schedule a visit with therapist, psychiatrist, and nutrition specialist, or schedule a lactation consulting for breastfeeding help.
These visits cost, for example, $59 or less for urgent care, $95 for online therapy, $200 initial online psychiatry visit, with $90 for the follow-up visit, $45 or less for nutrition counseling visits, and $130 for initial breastfeeding support visit, with $75 for follow-up visit.
It's important to note that many major health insurance carriers cover Amwell visits. Patients can simply enter their health insurance information in the app to check the price they will pay for their visit.
MDLIVE: Talk to a Doctor 24/7 App
Like most other telemedicine apps, MDLIVE: Talk to a Doctor 24/7 is designed to provide non-emergency care.
The app offers consultations with board-certified physicians 24/7 by mobile phone or secure online video. It can also sync some of the patient's health data with the Apple Health app.
The app's interface is user-friendly, with many features. It also displays photos and names of the physicians, and lets patients know whether they are immediately available for online visits by video or phone.
The app is free to download and use on Android and iPhone, however, it costs patients $45 per consultation or by a monthly plan.
Teladoc app also offers patients consultations with licensed physicians for routine (non-emergency) medical conditions. The visits are on-demand and can be scheduled any time and any day of the week. The consultations can take place over the phone or via online video chat. iPhone and iPad version of the app utilizes Apple's FaceTime video calling app enabling patients to talk with physicians. Also, physicians can submit a prescription to a local pharmacy of patient's choice.
Consultations cost $38 per visit and the app also requires an annual fee, which is $150 or less.
Teladoc app is available on iOS and Android.
LiveHealth Online Mobile App
LiveHealth Online is another telemedicine app that offers 24/7 access to online doctors for the diagnosis and treatment of common complaints (but not the medical emergencies).
You can download the LiveHealth Online app for iOS or Android, or use it on your desktop computer equipped with a webcam.
The typical visit takes about 10 minutes. Doctors can prescribe medications and have them sent to your preferred pharmacy. It costs $49 per visit or co-pay if not fully covered by the health plan (the app works with many insurance carriers).
Keep in mind that LiveHealth Online Mobile service may not be available in all states, so patients should check the online map before registering.
Stat Doctors App
Stat Doctors app is an employer contracted service. Patients who are eligible through their employer or small insurance carrier are required to first register an account and fill out their medical history on a website.
After registering, patients can connect to board-certified physicians using Stat Doctors app, either through a website, or their mobile phone.
According to the app creators, the average wait times to see a physician is 10 minutes. Physicians can help with common conditions, such as allergies, respiratory problems, fever, diarrhea, rash, sports injuries, and more. Physicians can provide a patient with a prescription, too. Payment is regulated by employer's contract.
Stat Doctors app is now part of Teladoc service. It is available on Android and iOS.
First Opinion App
Unlike other telemedicine apps, First Opinion app doesn't require patients to pay for the service. They can chat with a doctor, 24/7 without time limitations, for free.
However, the app offers the expanded service where patients can send photos or receive a diagnosis, labs, or prescriptions for $39, which is available in most US states.
Again, physicians offer advice regarding common complaints, not medical emergencies. Moms can ask pediatricians various questions about children health and care, including nutrition, pregnancy, child development, lactation, and more.
First Opinion app also offers travel advice, regarding necessary vaccination and recommended prescriptions.
The app is available only on iOS devices.
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