After Teladoc, we have HealthTap — which dubs itself the first Global Health Practice — launching its HealthTap Prime service in Texas to deliver access to live virtual consults through video, audio, and chat. The subscription service can connect Texans to in-state primary-care doctors 24/7 through smartphones, tablets, and personal computers from home or on-the-go.
In order to use the service, patients don’t need another healthcare provider present during virtual consults. The required patient consent form is built into the HealthTap app experience, streamlining the process of sending medical records to the patient’s primary care doctor.
“HealthTap has saved time and money for millions of people all over the world, and received more than 25,000 notes from users saying HealthTap saved their life or the life of a loved one.” Ron Gutman, CEO of HealthTap, said in a statement. “Texans deserve great care and we’re excited to lead the way in providing it today.”
Employers in Texas will no longer be limited in their use of HealthTap’s Compass application geared toward managing their employees’ health care needs. People working for large self-insured employers will now have access to live virtual consultations from HealthTap Prime doctors and a comprehensive set of tools to manage their health including the world’s largest library of doctor-created health knowledge and Dr. A.I.
Texas has 28-million residents with 3-million living in rural areas known to have doctor shortages. The state ranks 45th in the nation for the number of physicians per population according to the Texas Medical Association.