Start-up vendor TouchCare now is making commercially available a mobile app to enable healthcare consumers and their own physicians to conduct video consultations on smartphones and tablets.

The app has been in pilot stage since March 2014 with around 100 physicians in North Carolina and New York, including doctors at UNC Chapel Hill and Mount Sinai, among others, says Damian Gilbert, founder and CEO.

Presently, the app is available only on iOS platforms, with support for Android devices expected in early 2015 and a Windows version later on. The app is free to consumers, with physicians giving them a code to put in during a registration process. Physicians may trial the app at no charge for up to 60 days; the price afterward is $199 per month for unlimited appointments. “We’re taking what used to be telemedicine and making it mobile healthcare,” Gilbert says. “The beauty of TouchCare is it’s easy to use and massively scalable.”

Physicians can use the app to offer video consultations for free or set a charge. Reimbursement by insurers will depend on the policies of each company. More information is available at the TouchCare website, which includes a link to the Apple App Store.

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