Whenever you’re in need of HealthTap, you want to be able to access it quickly. Access to primary care saves you money and improves your health. Having virtual healthcare directly on your Samsung Smart TV is one way to make this happen.
Free version vs. paid version
Compared to the paid version of Health Tap, the free version offers limited medical advice and services. There is no fee for basic medical information or general health questions, but users may have to wait a few minutes to receive a response.
For the fee of $99 a month, users can receive virtual doctor visits. Users can communicate with a physician through a video call or text. The doctor will diagnose the user’s condition and provide a personalized health plan. The doctor will order lab tests and prescribe medications.
Users are required to create an account. They can follow topics of interest, or post questions on the HealthTap website. HealthTap doctors respond to questions with brief answers. There is also a peer-based reputation system.
Users can access HealthTap on desktops or mobile devices. It is available for iOS and android. Users can access the website at any time of the day or night.
Access to primary care saves money, improves health and saves lives
Getting more people to use primary care services can save money, improve health, and save lives. Primary care can also help reduce the need for specialty care, emergency care, and hospitalization.
To achieve this, payers and health systems should work together. One strategy to address primary care prices is competition, combined with regulation, to reduce prices. Another strategy involves malpractice law changes to limit defensive medicine and decrease administrative costs.
Primary care teams should be supported to meet the needs of their community. They should be able to coordinate care across multiple settings and address social determinants of health. They also may consider addressing mental health needs.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report recommending several strategies to improve primary care. These include expanding telehealth services, supporting integrated team-based care, and reforming payment models.
Using peer review, HealthTap provides expert answers to your health questions. HealthTap offers health tips and advice through mobile and browser-based platforms. It has a library of more than 310,000 peer-reviewed articles, a “Health Journey” interactive tool, and a comprehensive physician directory.
Using mobile apps to access your medical information is becoming a trend. These apps can help you track your health, communicate with your physician and prescribe medications. However, when you’re using these apps, it’s important to know that your device needs to be HIPAA compliant. This will protect you from fines and other penalties for using your medical information without permission.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of health information. The law protects patient information and allows physicians to access it. HIPAA applies to both electronic and physical health records.
HIPAA defines PHI as “any health information relating to a patient.” PHI can be identifiable or non-identifiable. Identifiable information can include patient names, social security numbers, medical insurance information, etc. Non-identifiable information can include symptoms, health history, medical conditions and medical records.
Bringing virtual healthcare directly to Samsung Smart TVs
During the 2022 Samsung Developer Conference, the company announced a strategic partnership with virtual primary care provider HealthTap. Through this partnership, consumers will be able to access telehealth services through their Samsung Smart TVs.
HealthTap is a national virtual healthcare provider that allows consumers to communicate with U.S. board certified physicians via live video. It’s available on iOS, Android and Web. With a subscription to HealthTap Prime, consumers can text a physician, video conference, and get prescriptions delivered to their front door. HealthTap also offers a mobile app called SOS, which provides a real-time feed of frequently asked questions and insights from doctors.
HealthTap is a leading virtual primary care provider that has helped millions of Americans access healthcare. Their website claims that there are 60,000 registered doctors who are affiliated with the service. Consumers can review the doctor’s credentials and schedule an appointment.