HealthTap is a network of United States based physicians that provide helpful information and answers to users seeking medical advice. The user can ask a direct question to the community. The site searches for existing questions and shows the user the current answers. Each answer is listed with the avatar image and name of the physician who provided it. The user can also see how long ago the response was posted and access the physician’s profile to learn more about them. Physician profiles include all answers and tips provided by the professional as well as activity feeds, bios, awards and the physician’s network of followers and experts. The user can also download mobile versions for iPhones and Android devices. The user can follow specific questions and create new questions.
HealthTap was founded by Ron Gutman and Sastry Nanduri. The website was intended to help internet users get valuable, reliable health-related information without visiting a physician’s office. Although nothing can replace the attention of a medical professional, HealthTap has managed to provide an excellent supplement that users appreciate. The site has received numerous mentions on sites all over the web, boasting it as one of the best medical applications available.
The internet is full of information, especially when it comes to medical conditions. The difference between HealthTap and other similar websites is that it includes a network of 6,000 actual physicians that supply answers. Rather than leaving the answers up to anyone and everyone, users can ask direct questions and receive information from trained medical professionals. The site is very easy to use and can help users learn more about their medical conditions and health habits.
HealthTap offers up a clean design and modern style that allows the user to move freely without any clutter getting in the way. Responses are very clearly defined. The physicians working within the HealthTap community speak in a way that anyone can understand rather than throwing complicated medical terms at the user. A new visitor can dive right in by searching for a question or asking a new one right on the homepage.
A new user can join the HealthTap community by filling out the short form found in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form asks for a first and last name, email address and user type (either member or physician). Physicians are required to provide the name of their medical school, graduation year, degree, medical license number and the state it was issued in. Members only need to provide a password, gender, date of birth, zip code and public profile name to complete registration. Members can also access a “Facebook Connect” button on the second form page to sign in with their Facebook account.
A new user can join the HealthTap community for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required when creating an account. The user does not have to make any purchases or meet any other requirements to keep their account active. Users can stop by and pose a new question or search for past questions any time they want. The site does not limit access and gives the user the ability to get in touch with thousands of physicians.
HealthTap is a great resource for anyone with medical questions. Users should see a medical professional if they have a serious condition or situation that requires attention. The site should not be a replacement for health care. That being said, HealthTap does provide a wealth of information that can help a user learn more about a condition. Users can gain insight and suggestions that can help them live healthier or find a new physician within the HealthTap community.