American start-up launches bilingual health app –
HoyHealth, an innovative healthcare technology start-up, has launched HoyDoc, a smartphone app that connects patients to healthcare providers via a bilingual telemedicine platform.
HoyDoc was developed for patients seeking remote and affordable access to healthcare in their own language. The medical opinion is currently available to registered users in English and Spanish.
The mobile app enables a direct connection between patients and healthcare providers from anywhere in the United States and further will allow users to store their health records securely in their smart devices.
Mario Anglada, CEO of Hoy Health, said: âThe HoyDOC mobile app brings us one step closer to delivering a comprehensive bilingual primary health care ecosystem and one step closer to fulfilling our mission of providing accessible and affordable health care to everyone, everywhere.
The HoyDOC mobile app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices and is powered by the PrognoCIS patient portal, providing a secure service that complies with United States health data laws and guidelines.
The company has not disclosed whether doctors will be able to issue prescriptions over the phone and how the referral will be sent to second-level specialist care work.
It is not yet clear what services will be available to patients, other than the fact that users of the app will be able to speak directly with doctors, nurses, psychologists and various other medical professionals.
But the New Jersey digital healthcare startup said in a statement that the app is expected to solve more than 80% of common clinic problems.
According to the 2015 American Well Telehealth Survey, 64% of the American population prefers an appointment via a video connection to more traditional clinic visits.
Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring continue to expand significantly. In the United States, the market value is estimated at $ 36.2 billion by 2020, more than double the 2014 estimate.
The popularity of “virtual doctors” is spreading around the world in record time. England’s national healthcare provider last year tested the GPatHand mobile app, which quickly gained thousands of NHS patients in London.
Despite inquiries and uncertainties about the app in the UK, developer Babylon Health already operates its services in Rwanda and has signed trade deals with the e-commerce giant in China and a global insurance company .