Every day dozens of new health-related apps make their way into the AppStore. This week we noticed about a half dozen health apps that we felt were worth highlighting, including the quiet launch of a video consultation app that has made a lot of noise pre-launch (more on that below).
MobiHealthNews continues to track the growing number of apps available to both medical professionals and consumers. As we predicted in our recent Professional Apps Report, by next summer we expect the number of iOS apps intended for use by medical professionals and medical students to top 9,000 apps. The number of health-related iOS apps intended for use by consumers will grow to more than 13,000 by next summer, according to MobiHealthNews' Consumer Health Apps Report.
Read on to learn about the newest health apps that joined the AppStore during the past week -- the ones worth knowing about, anyway.
Ringadoc - Free
Telethrive's Ringadoc is an iOS app video consultation service that connects users to physicians in an interface similar to Apple's FaceTime. Consultations cost a flat rate of $39. Users record an audio summary of their medical history and a video describing their medical concern, which the doctor consults before speaking with the patient. In September, Telethrive was chosen to demo Ringadoc at the DC to VC: HIT Startup Showcase by VC firm Morgenthaler Ventures, as part of the firm's promising health IT startup competition.
Separately, (potential) competitor Teladoc announced plans this summer to bring FaceTime consulting to their platform, but have yet to launch any such feature.