The Waikato District Health Board in New Zealand is making innovative use of smartphone platforms to make it easier than ever for patients go engage in virtual doctor's appointments and engage with their doctors from afar.
The so-called Virtual DHB program is a two-headed offering which makes use of the HealthTap online platform and app as well as simple tele-conferencing. Patients can make use of a New Zealand-centric version of the HealthTap app to access relevant information and news while also partaking in consultations with medical specialists. The app features its own messaging service as well as voice calling and video conferencing.
By helping patients enjoy virtual doctor's appointments, the Virtual DHB program is looking to empower patients to enjoy more comprehensive and efficient access to doctors.