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Have a Question for a Doctor? Try Healthtap.com

Posted Jul 11 2012 6:24am

It sure is nice to have a medical professional to bounce questions off of – but that usually isn’t your doctor. He or she is too busy running from exam room to exam room to see all the people scheduled for them that day. You’re lucky if you can remember all the questions, and even if you prepare a list, you might not get to them all.

A new website and iPhone app might not be a silver bullet in addressing this issue, but it can help to fill a gap in optimizing your health.

Healthtap is a place where you can ask questions to real doctors – and they answer. I’ve asked maybe a dozen questions and most are answered within 2 hours. There are challenges in this. You are only allowed a small amount of characters so you need to think clearly about what your question is. You also need to understand your audience. Doctors need specifics, and also need you to be somewhat familiar with the jargon. It helps them understand you better and avoids you being told you are being vague. I also don’t see how to establish a real dialog yet, but the company behind this seems to have added new features quickly, so who know what will be there the next time I visit.

This site is also a search engine of sorts containing the Q&A from other individuals. Your identity is hidden on the site, so your Q&A might help someone else – and your own question might have already been asked.

Take a look.

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