The first tele-medicine service that allows patients be treated by their GPs using a smartphone has been launched.
The service, GP Online, is being piloted in six doctor surgeries in urban and rural locations and it will be rolled out nationwide during the year.
Online Medical consultation is a major growth area in health and several national and international companies are active in the Irish market.
This is the first service to allow patients to talk to their own GP from the comfort of their home or office.
The advantage is that patients are talking to the doctor who is familiar with their medical history and has all their records to hand, GP Online chief executive, Aidan Callaly said.