The National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom has released a free, 24-hour telehealth service administered through a user’s smartphone. The application initially covers 3.5 million patients in London.
The GP at Hand app, developed by the online healthcare provider Babylon, allows patients to check symptoms and book an online appointment that connects patients to providers within two hours.
"It's high time that NHS patients were given the opportunity to benefit from technology to improve access to healthcare,” said Mobasher Butt, a researcher on the team behind GP at Hand. "We've benefited from this kind of technology in so many different aspects of our lives, whether that be shopping or banking, and it's really time that we were able to do that in healthcare for NHS patients."
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