The text based answers of WebMD now need to compete with Google MDs

The NYTimes explains that “Telemedicine is  an old concept. Doctors have been using the telephone since the telephone was invented. And they have been sharing X-ray images and using videoconferencing for at least 40 years, according to the American Telemedicine Association.”

The article describes,

“Google’s “Helpouts” product — a service where people can search for experts and talk to them over video — is running a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like pink eye and the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The company is working with medical groups including Scripps and One Medical, which are “making their doctors available and have verified their credentials,” according to a spokeswoman.”

What will Google create next?

(One of the comments to the NYTimes articles raised a valid concern how Google will use the PHI.)

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