With the NuaHealth platform, general practitioners can offer virtual consultations to avoid physical contact during the Covid-19 crisis.
Irish medical tech start-up Nua Solutions is rolling out a service that could help minimize trips to GP surgeries as Irish people are urged to stay at home to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Its NuaHealth application allows doctors to offer patients virtual consultations via their smartphones, tablets and computers. According to company CEO OisÃn Kim, NuaHealth could protect general practitioners and patients as the risk of the spread of Covid-19 increases.
Kim said the Irish health service faces unthinkable challenges a few months ago, and things will get worse, with the government predicting there could be as many as 15,000 cases of Covid-19 by now at the end of March.
âEveryone is coming together to help slow the spread of Covid-19,â he added. âApple and Google’s agility in speeding up the app review process through the app store with the help of local people from Apple and Google was amazing. “
The app went live earlier this week and is now available at cost to clinicians across the country.
Facilitate a change
Dr Nick Flynn of MyCorkGP.ie said: âThe Covid-19 crisis has seen my practice change in unrecognizable ways over the past 10 days. The addition of a video viewing solution from NuaHealth has been at the center of this change. User-friendly, secure and provided at cost price, it has proven to be popular with our general practitioners but especially with our patients.
Already, more than 360 Irish clinicians have signed up to use the service, which was introduced to app stores in Ireland after consultation with the HSE and the Department of Health.
Professor Martin Curley, Director of HSE Digital Transformation, said: âWe are delighted to partner with NuaHealth to produce an HSE-branded video consultation tool for GPs and other healthcare providers within days.
âTheir agility and willingness to offer the service at cost price is a prime example of how the digital health ecosystem in Ireland is responding to the Covid-19 crisis. “
Nua Solutions already offers online medical services in Ireland and Germany, supporting more than 750,000 patients with software and telemedicine services. It was founded by Kim, along with Howard Kim, Martin Commins, Dr Sylvester Mooney, Krzysztof Adamski and Gerard Kelly in 2013.
The HSE is also currently work with Wellola, a Dublin-based tech company that has developed an online portal for GPs and healthcare providers to treat people remotely so they can protect themselves from Covid-19.