Ask a Doctor Apps for Android iTriage Health vs HealthTap vs Ask a Doctor ... and 9 more

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Gone are the days where booking a traditional doctor's appointment or visiting the hospital were the only means to receive quality medical assistance. With the explosion of mobile technology, users can chat with certified physicians from across the world, in real-time, directly from their phones or tablets.

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Are your symptoms visible? No problem, take a photo of the affected area, attach any lab reports/documents, and you can be text chatting, talking, or video chatting with a highly trained medical professional in as little as 30 minutes.

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With competitive consultation pricing and remarkably practical assessments, it's no surprise that "ask a doctor apps" are increasing in both popularity and functionality. As long as your device can connect to the internet, you'll be able to have your medical questions answered in a timely fashion.

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In the unfortunate event of an emergency, please ensure you call 911 or visit your nearest hospital. Although the apps discussed below are effective for a range of conditions of varying severity, medical emergencies should be treated in person whenever possible.

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Method 1: iTriage Health

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iTriage Health was designed and created by two ER doctors and gives users access to one of the largest medical and healthcare databases directly from their mobile devices.

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In addition to a large variety of options, all the content provided by the iTriage mobile app is cross-checked and reviewed by Harvard Medical School to ensure accuracy.

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    1. Extensive physician search.
    2. Proprietary Symptom to Provider pathway helps users identify potential symptoms and offers appropriate treatments.
    3. Easily Locate the nearest hospital, urgent care clinic, and emergency room.
    4. Find doctors and set appointments via the app.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. iTriage Health can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 2: HealthTap

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HealthTap for Android connects users with over 107,000 top doctors to help answer an array of medical and illness-related questions, right from their phone or tablet.

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Users who prefer a more intimate setting can pay to have a personal consultation with a primary doctor either by phone, text, or video chat.

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    1. Users receive immediate help with their medical questions.
    2. Over 5.5 billion answers given to hundreds of millions of people.
    3. Users can search through thousands of reliable answers from a massive library comprised of the world's best doctors.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. HealthTap can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 3: Ask a Doctor

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The Ask a Doctor mobile app gives users instant access to a multitude of doctors, 24/7.

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Users can write out their question and attach a photo, lab report, or any other relevant documentation that will help better diagnose their issue.

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    1. Over 15,000 doctors that spread across multiple geographical locations and time zones.
    2. Over 1 million answers to date.
    3. Receive a wealth of free medical and health advice.
    4. Users can ask as many follow-ups as they feel necessary.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $1.02 - $35.00 per item.
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    1. Ask a Doctor can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 4: Doctor On Demand

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With free registration and no required subscription, Doctor on Demand provides screened, board-certified professionals to help answer user's medical questions and concerns.

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Doctor on Demand is a great mobile app for anyone who is in need of non-life threatening medical assistance, but can't get to a hospital or their family doctor.

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    1. Competitive and affordable physician and pediatrician visits.
    2. Users can chat with doctorate-level psychologists about mental health and other non-physical concerns.
    3. Live video visits from the comfort of your home.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. Doctor On Demand can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 5: Urgent Care - 24/7 Medical Help

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The Urgent Care mobile app by Greatcall connects users with US-based registered nurses and doctors, in real-time, and can answer medical questions within 30 minutes or less.

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Doctors can assess and diagnose certain conditions and ailments directly over the phone, as well as refill prescriptions.

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    1. Access to a live, US-based registered nurse who can expedite your concern to a board-certified doctor, any time of the day or night.
    2. Only $3.99 per call!
    3. Accurate and an interactive symptom checker.
    4. Access to a large medical dictionary and encyclopedia.
    5. Spanish translations available.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases at $3.99 per item.
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    1. Urgent Care - 24/7 Medical Help can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 6: Superdoc - Ask a Doctor Online

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Superdoc is another great mobile app that gives users the power to connect with doctors and healthcare practitioners on demand, with a few swipes and taps on their mobile device.

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With over 50,000 health related questions answered, Superdoc is like having a primary care doctor with you at all times, right in your pocket.

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    1. 24/7 service
    2. Users can receive help from; dermatologists, pediatricians, gynecologists, psychologist and general practitioners.
    3. Smooth and intuitive user interface for easier consultations.
    4. Fast and accurate answers and options for second opinions.
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Method 7: Symptomate Symptom Checker

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With over half a million checkups performed, Symptomate Symptom Checker for Android has positioned itself as one of the front-runners in the mobile medical checkup arena.

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As one of the most advanced symptom checkers, Symptomate utilizes artificial intelligence algorithms that can scan up to 500 logged conditions.

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    1. Extensive database with over 1000 symptoms and 500 conditions.
    2. Receive a free online checkup report via your email.
    3. Quickly discern between serious and non-serious symptoms.
    4. Helps identify potential conditions quicker so doctor visits can be more efficient.
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    1. Symptomate Symptom Checker can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 8: Ada Personal Health Companion

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Covering everything from the typical cold right through to rare diseases, Ada Personal Health Companion has a database of over 1000 symptoms and conditions.

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Created and developed by 100 scientists and doctors, the Ada Personal Health Companion actively helps 1000s of people a day with their medical services.

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    1. Totally private, only first names used, and personal data is kept safe.
    2. Personalized interactive communication to better narrow down the issue.
    3. App asks users questions about possible symptoms to speed up diagnosis time.
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Method 9: First Aid - American Red Cross

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Although it's not an Ask a Doctor style app, First Aid by the American Red Cross is still a handy tool to have in the event of a sudden emergency.

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With loads of video, expert advice, and easy-to-follow instructions, this first aid mobile app is a great companion to assist in both preparation and treatment for a broad range of emergencies.

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    1. Easy to use interface with quick toggling between English and Spanish.
    2. Heatstroke and other hot weather related information and procedures.
    3. Fun and easy to understand first aid animations and video.
    4. Information comes preloaded for offline access.
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Method 10: First Derm: Online Dermatology

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First term by iDoc24 Inc is similar to the majority of the apps we've talked about only it specializes in dermatological inquiries.

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With 19,000+ skin related questions answered, First term is one of the largest, oldest, and most active dermatology groups out there.

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    1. 8 - 48 hours guaranteed response time.
    2. Serves 160 countries.
    3. 100% anonymous with private information encrypted and stored on secure servers.
    4. Get help with Acne, Eczema, Folliculitis, Hives, Borrelia, Skin Cancer, Cold sores, and much more.
    5. Helps locate the nearest doctors and pharmacies to your location.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $59.95 per item.
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Method 11: WebMD for Android

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WebMD for Android is another app that doesn't fit into the ask a doctor category but is still worth listing because of the volume of valuable content offered.

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WebMD gives users 24/7 access to mobile optimized health information including; first aid, drugs and side effects, pill identification, symptom checker and more.

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    1. Accurate and an easy-to-use symptom checker.
    2. Voice search supported.
    3. Get medically reviewed information on various conditions, with treatment options.
    4. First aid support (available offline).
    5. Find local doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies.
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    1. Free version.
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Method 12: Pocket Pharmacy - Pocket Pill

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Pocket Pill by Teehalf Solutions is another great online medical app that's trusted by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists worldwide.

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With over 1800 pharmaceutical companies listed in their database, Pocket Pharmacy helps users ensure they're getting the most competitive pricing on their medications.

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    2. Easily compare various medications and brands to get the lowest prices.
    3. No internet connection required.
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    1. Pocket Pharmacy - Pocket Pill can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Fortunately, with the onset of mobile technology, we live in an era where conveniences such as these are widely available for the general public. If you find yourself in a situation where visiting your regular doctor isn't an option, one of the Ask a Doctor apps discussed above can fill in nicely and get you the medical advice you require.

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