Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 by Will Hagle
FirstOpinion is an app that allows users to text doctors medical questions and receive a prompt response, 24/7.
Google is probably asked more health and medical questions than the average doctor. While sites like WebMD can provide valuable information and medical advice to individuals for no cost, they can also make even the slightest hypochondriac feel as if the end is near. First Opinion bridges the gap between doctors and patients, allowing users to text their questions to doctors and receive speedy answers, 24/7. The app matches each user with one personal doctor, whom they can communicate with at any time (doctors also have assistants that help out during off-hours). Users can expect to receive a response via text message in nine minutes or less. For $9 a month, the response time is guaranteed at five minutes or less. Otherwise, the service is free.
FirstOpinion is important because it saves people that have little reason to worry a trip to the doctor’s office, while also making it easier to determine when it is necessary to see a professional about an issue. Doctors provide a private, back-and-forth conversation, rather than a one-sided, question-and-answer-style forum. Doctors also provide regular check-ups for their virtual patients, ensuring that communication is never mishandled. The app allows users to ask any question, from concerns about a child’s allergy to advice on how to treat skin issues. There’s no limitation to the questions you can ask or the advice you can receive. Each of the five doctors working with the app has a profile on the website, so you can be assured that the advice you’re receiving is trustworthy and legitimate. FirstOpinion is a hypochondriac’s dream, but also an important service for all.