||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (May 2012)|
|Headquarters||Palo Alto, California|
|Key people||Ron Gutman (CEO), Sastry Nanduri (CTO), Geoffrey Rutledge (CMIO), Sean Mehra (Head of Product), Michael Nichols (General Counsel)|
|Industry||Interactive Health and Technology|
HealthTap is an Interactive Health company, founded by Stanford graduate Ron Gutman in 2010. Patients can ask medical questions of their panel of doctors. The initial question is free; followup questions have a small charge.
In April 2011, HealthTap launched a public Beta product focused on providing health information related to pregnancy and infant care. In September 2011, HealthTap expanded its service to encompass all areas of health.
The main service offered by HealthTap is the ability to ask health questions, online and via mobile devices, to a network of U.S.-licensed physicians for free.
However, if a person wants to ask a personalized question to a particular doctor or send along their charts, they must pay $9.99. They can upload pictures and medical documents. A free clarifying question or two follow-up questions at $5.99 each are allowed.
Health information on the service is supplied interactively by a network of nearly 50,000 U.S. licensed doctors in good standing (licensed physicians with active disciplinary actions against them are not admitted to the network). HealthTap also provides the opportunity for peer review, which consists of doctors rating each other and self-identifying specializations.
Press and expansion
HealthTap started its Medical Expert Network with U.S.-licensed OBGYN and Pediatrics physicians. Since then, this network has expanded to over 11,000 doctors, which the company describes as the largest network of interactive, engaged physicians online.
Commenting on HealthTap, Peter W. Carmel, president of the American Medical Association, said the Internet should “complement, not replace, the communication between a patient and their physician.” With online health advice, the doctor doesn't take a history, doesn't do a physical exam, and doesn't monitor or assess any suggested treatment. "Using this information in isolation could pose a threat to patients,” he said.
- Ron Gutman, "The New Era of Interactive Health", Forbes Magazine, April 18, 2011
- "HealthTap Announces $11.5M in Series A Funding led by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors", "PR Newswire", December 6, 2011
- "HEALTHTAP LAUNCHES FIRST INTERACTIVE EXPERT HEALTH COMPANION — FREE TO ALL", "HealthTap.com", April 26, 2011
- Have a pressing medical question? There's an app for that, By Michelle Castillo, CBS News/ August 27, 2012
- Regina Sinsky, "HealthTap's Social Network of 5,000 Doctors Is Ready to Give Free Advice", newyorktimes.com, September 26, 2011
- Tomio Geron "HealthTap Q&A Site Connects Doctors and Patients" www.forbes.com, December 06, 2011
- Bonnie Rochman "A New Health Site in Beta Testing for Pregnant Women, New Moms"
- <"10,000 Physicians Strong and Growing" bixjournals.com, February 12, 2012
- See Footnote 3
- Advice for the Ill, and Points for the Doctors, By RANDALL STROSS, New York Times, February 4, 2012
- HealthTap main page: https://www.healthtap.com/