A Jobstown-based family practice of GPs will soon offer online consultations using an app-based technology. Jobstown Family Practice on the Fortunestown Road, will be the first to embark on “telemedicine” in Ireland by letting doctors consult with patients online and not in person. The practice will begin offering the service from next week onwards.
Using ‘VideoDoc’ technology Dr Darach ÓCiardha is going to pilot the practice with medical card patients who have mental health or mobility issues with the plan to roll it out to all patients eventually.
Dr ÓCiardha told the Irish Times that the technology offers patients the opportunity to see their own GPs rather than a GP who they have never met before.
“It allows us as GPs to ensure the continuity of care of our patients, as we know them and have access to their records and medical history during the online consultation.”
VideoDoc is already in use in four areas of the US and the company plans to charge doctors €99 per month for the use of the technology. It could help patients who cannot travel to a surgery in person due to illness, immobility, other commitments or travel restrictions.