Okadoc’s launches telemedicine connecting 400 doctors in healthcare providers in UAE
10 May 2020
Okadoc, the Middle East’s instant doctor appointment booking platform, has launched its telemedicine solution offering across the UAE. As one of the region’s largest telemedicine platform, 38 healthcare providers have already signed on with Okadoc to provide instant access to its doctors. This includes prominent hospitals and clinics such as Emirates Hospitals & Clinics, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, Dubai London Clinics, German Medical Center, and iCare. UAE residents can now set up virtual consultations with over 400 doctors across the country from the safety of their home.
Okadoc’s platform connects patients with doctors who are already practicing in clinics and hospitals. In doing so, patients can book an appointment with their own doctor or a doctor of their choice within minutes. Users can have a video consultation and chat electronically, transfer and receive documents such as prescriptions or medical records and pay for their consultations based on their insurance coverage. The platform includes doctors from over 40 specialties, including family medicine, paediatrics, and mental health.
In a statement, the company claimed that Okadoc is the only regional solution that is directly integrated into a provider’s hospital information system. This is key as it allows patients to book and confirm an appointment with their doctor of choice at the hospital, immediately online, at any time of the day or night. It fast-tracked the release in response to the growing need for patients to access specialist and general healthcare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The telemedicine solution will give patients peace of mind, easy access to doctors, and a facility to make payments online for any consultations received.
Available in English and Arabic, the telemedicine platform is accessible on www.Okadoc.com as well the app stores for iPhone and Android. Okadoc also offers healthcare providers with a white label solution through widgets that can be embedded into their websites and mobile applications and can be deployed in a matter of a hours, enabling them to offer the same Okadoc experience through their own platforms.
The platform, which uses a peer-to-peer network, is quick and easy to use for doctors, and allows healthcare providers to register and go live within the same day. The platform is TRA approved, using end-to-end encryption with the cloud data hosted in the UAE, and compliant with UAE regulations. This means that doctors working from home can have instant and safe access to the platform at a time where they are not able to be present in hospitals or clinics.