Virtual care visits will be conducted via a camera connected to the television
The main ways to access telemedicine are, of course, either through a computer or mobile phone, which may require downloading new software and/or connection issues.
To help solve at least some of these issues, primary care provider HealthTap this week announced a partnership with Samsung that will allow patients to conduct their health care visits through Samsung Smart TVs.
Patients will be able to connect to the HealthTap healthcare platform, and visit with a doctor of their choice, via a camera connected to the television. Customers can also view a doctor’s bio, credentials, and video interview, and schedule an appointment within one week.
Founded in 2010, HealthTap provides its members with access to a long-term care physician who can handle all of their ongoing health needs. Patients pay $15 per month to access free texting with their doctor, 39 for video appointments, and $59 for 24/7 urgent care visits. HealthTap also has a volunteer network of 90,000 US doctors in all 147 specialties who can provide parents with free informative answers to health questions.
The company serves tens of millions of customers online and provides thousands of doctor visits.
“Developing primary care relationships is important to all Americans, and the ability to easily access telemedicine through a TV screen puts everyone’s care in their hands,” said Sean Mehra, CEO and founder of HealthTap, in a statement.
“Together with Samsung, we are using the simplicity and power of technology to make it easier for Americans to get the health care they need without the worries of transportation, work conflicts or lack of doctors in their area.
In the press release of this announcement, it was noted that another group that will benefit from the collaboration of HealthTap and Samsung will be the elderly, “as they are more prone to health risks and need effective and sustainable management of care.”
The data backs that up: according to a report from the CDC, using data from the 2021 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the elderly are the most likely age group to use telemedicine services, with 43.3% of those over 65 using it in 2021 . , compared to 29.4% of 18 to 29 year olds, 35.3% of 30 to 44 year olds, and 38.9% of 45 to 65 year olds.
Other groups that still see high telemedicine use include non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native communities, 40.6% of those who use it, while the same can be said pf 39.2% of non-Hispanic whites, 33.1% of non -Hispanic Black people, 32.8% among the Hispanic population, and 33% of non-Hispanic Asians.
There is also high use of adults living in the West, with 42.4%, followed by those in the Northeast with 40%, while 34.3% of adults living in the South use these services, and 33.3% of those living in the Midwest.