Swiss telemedicine player Medgate is to launch a new mobile health service in partnership with telecoms incumbent Swisscom.
The Medgate (Basel, Switzerland) service provides users who download an app with access to medical care at anytime and from any location, offering round-the-clock access to doctors besides tools to assist with health management.
According to Medcare, the app will allow patients to contact their telemedical centre for advice and to send images of affected areas – in the case of skin and eye conditions – to experts for analysis.
Patients can also book appointments at health centres using the technology.
The service also comes with an “emergency button” that connects patients directly with medical teams, while a “Medication” function allows customers to order medicine during a teleconsultation.
Medgate says it will integrate a new “Evita” patient dossier from Swisscom (Bern, Switzerland) into the service at the end of 2014, allowing users to create a personal patient dossier and have secure access to health data through the app.
The dossier stores personal medical data and documents, ensuring that information about a customer’s health is available at all times – regardless of location.
The first version of the service has already been developed for the iPhone iOS 7 but apps for other operating systems are in the pipeline, says Medgate.
Medgate has been operating a telemedicine center in Basel since 2000 and currently employs around 70 doctors and specialists providing daily advice on health questions.