Speedoc app lets you call the nearest doctor to your home

Speedoc app lets you call the nearest doctor to your home
TNP Paper, Sue-ann Tan, Apr 05, 2018

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Speedoc, which started operating last November, has had more than 1,000 downloads. It now has about 22 doctors, mostly GPs who must prove their qualifications and undergo interviews before being added to the app. Around 120 house calls have been made.

Simple procedures such as providing medication, wound stitching and setting up intravenous (IV) drips can be done at home, rather than having the patient rush to A&E and wait for hours to see a doctor.

The app will match doctor and patient based on location. In the future, it might also take a doctor’s specialisation into account, Dr Verma said.

He said the market rate for house calls is d $200 to $250, while Speedoc’s doctors charge about $150. A trip to A&E might cost a patient about $120.

Speedoc joins other apps such as Jaga-Me in trying to bring healthcare closer to home. Jaga-Me ,which began in 2016, provides nursing for those who need post-hospital care. It has 300 nurses in its network.

The Speedoc app is available for download for both iOS and Android.

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