July 25, 2017

Video medicine is a promising industry, but it’s being exposed to the oldest problem on the internet

Weird things happen on the Internet, even to doctors.

These days, anyone with an Internet connection can reach a doctor at anytime and from anywhere. Typically, it costs about $40 to $50 to schedule a video visit with a physician, via a crop of venture-backed mobile apps like MDLIVE and Doctor on Demand .

The doctors using these apps typically deal with colds and flus, but from time to time, something a lot more horrifying happens: Full frontal exposure.

Specifically, male patients are flashing their doctors.

"There was a period where it was happening to some of our doctors once a week," recalls Bob Kocher, an investor in Doctor on Demand. Kocher says it did not happen more frequently to female doctors, as the user didn’t know who they were going to get once they requested a visit.

The sign-up process for these apps takes about 5 or 10 minutes, and users are asked for basic personal data and their health insurance details. But in many cases, these individuals will attempt to hide their identities by using aliases."One of the challenges was in blocking certain individuals, if they used false information," said Ian Tong, Doctor on Demand’s chief medical officer.Tong says the company tried […]

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