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HealthTap works to create global health practice


MedCity News reports that HealthTap “has taken another step in its journey to be what the company calls the  ‘first global health practice’ by adding translation services.”

That means that HealthTap, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is, for the first time, “inviting physicians outside the U.S. to join its network of medical experts.”

“The 103,000 doctors in the HealthTap network can communicate securely with each other on the technology platform, provide crowdsourced medical consultations and participate in online Grand Rounds and continuing medical education. Now, physicians worldwide can participate, and do so in multiple languages,” the news service reported.

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HealthTap claims to bridge a big gap


Yet another health IT company wants to sell a system to streamline physician services.

HealthTap has a service in which patients send questions to a group of doctors about symptoms. Up to now, it has offered telemedicine, lab testing and other services, but now it’s branching out with what it calls an operating system, reports MedCity News.

The news site reports that HealthTap is trying “to solve the quandary that direct to consumer health services pose: balancing the demand for easy access to after hours treatment for short-term non emergency healthcare needs and improve continuity with patient’s electronic medical record.”

It sees its new HOPE  system as bridging  that gap. MedCity said “It includes things like patient responses to the most common health questions, and documents for doctors and patients to connect through video, voice, or texting, scheduling and billing services, e-prescribing and lab test order forms. It also sees a way to use its operating system to make it easier for practices to connect with patients through email and texting.”

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