HealthTap

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HealthTap
Type Private
Founded 2010
Headquarters Palo Alto, California
Key people Ron Gutman (CEO), Sastry Nanduri (CTO), Geoffrey Rutledge (CMIO), Jay Wohlgemuth (CHO), Sean Mehra (Head of Product), Michael Nichols (General Counsel)
Industry Interactive Health and Technology
Website www.healthtap.com

HealthTap is an Interactive Health[1] company founded by Stanford Graduate School of Business alum Ron Gutman in 2010 to reinvent the way people all over the world take care of their health and well-being. The HealthTap app, both for patients and for doctors, is available across a range of platforms and devices. There are versions for the web and applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android, including wearable smartwatches.[2]

Press and Expansion[edit]

HealthTap has garnered media coverage in publications including The New York Times,[3] Forbes,[4] TIME.,[5][6] San Francisco Chronicle,[7] TechCrunch,[8] CNBC,[9] Wired,[10] Fast Company,[11] Inc. (magazine),[12] and PC Magazine.[13]

Criticism[edit]

Commenting on HealthTap in early 2012, 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.[14]

In March 2015, HealthTap hired Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth, former Chief Scientific Officer and SVP of R&D and Medical at Quest Diagnostics as its new Chief Healthcare Officer.[15] In a recent Forbes article, Dr. Wohlgemuth stated his intention to spread the benefits of HealthTap's transparent doctor-patient meritocracy "without 'disrupting' the whole healthcare system as other digital-health companies claim to do...it’s a false dichotomy: Why put traditional medicine and digital health at odds with one another when they’re really so complementary? 'If you have patients who are seeking healthcare,' he explains, 'ultimately they’re going to plug into bricks and mortar.'".[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebecca Jarvis, [1], Good Morning America, August 6, 2014
  2. ^ http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/how-to-save-10000-lives-with-an-app-flatter-doctors/?_r=0
  3. ^ Regina Sinsky, "HealthTap's Social Network of 5,000 Doctors Is Ready to Give Free Advice", The New York Times, September 26, 2011
  4. ^ Tomio Geron "HealthTap Q&A Site Connects Doctors and Patients" Forbes, December 06, 2011
  5. ^ Bonnie Rochman "A New Health Site in Beta Testing for Pregnant Women, New Moms"
  6. ^ <"10,000 Physicians Strong and Growing" bizjournals.com, February 12, 2012
  7. ^ SF Chronicle, [2], "Startup RateRx creates tool that lets doctors review medications", March 12, 2015
  8. ^ TechCrunch, [3], "HealthTap Launches RateRx, A Doctor Recommendation System For Drug Treatments", March 11, 2015
  9. ^ CNBC, [4], "Can Amazon-like reviews work for prescriptions?", March 11, 2015
  10. ^ Wired, [5], "Doctors on This Site Rate Drugs to Give Patients More Power", March 11, 2015
  11. ^ Fast Company, [6], "Now You Can See What Actual Doctors Think About The Medication You Take", March 11, 2015
  12. ^ Inc., [7], "The Startups Saving Health Care", February 2014
  13. ^ PC Magazine, [8], "Know Your Telehealth Options: An Interview With HealthTap's Ron Gutman", January 5, 2015
  14. ^ Advice for the Ill, and Points for the Doctors, By RANDALL STROSS, New York Times, February 4, 2012
  15. ^ HealthTap Blog, [9], "HealthTap Names Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth Chief Healthcare Officer", March 19, 2015
  16. ^ Forbes, [10], "Big Data Has Big Potential For HealthTap's New Healthcare Chief", March 19, 2015

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