VideoDoc has announced that former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney has been appointed its chair as well as the addition of 30 new jobs.
For whatever reason, the turning of the seasons and the changing colour of the leaves tends to bring with it – along with a harvest, traditionally – a bevy of new job announcements.
Last week saw an incredible 1,600 jobs announced in Ireland across a variety of sectors. In yet more good fortune, another 30 jobs have been announced in Dublin.
VideoDoc seeks GPs to expand service
VideoDoc has announced that 30 new jobs will be created over the next 12 months at its base in Sandyford. The announcement comes after the telemedicine company received €2.5m in funding from investors which allowed for the expansion.
VideoDoc hopes to recruit 30 new GPs to support and expand their online consultation service, as well as to maintain the average wait time for an appointment which currently stands at two to three minutes.
The telemedicine company also announced that former Tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed company chairperson. Harney served as Minister for Health and Children from 2004 to 2011.
Speaking of the appointment, Harney said: “I am delighted to be appointed chair of this progressive and innovative company. E-health, and telemedicine in particular, has unlocked huge potential across several tech-embracing countries.”
Dr Conor O’Hanlon, a founding member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and a GP himself with 37 years’ experience, was also announced as the company’s new medical director.
Telemedicine – health is just one click away
VideoDoc currently partners with various health providers across Ireland such as VHI, Beaumont Hospital, Group Schemes in Ireland and Clanwilliam Healthcare. Outside of Ireland, it also partners with the UK’s NHS.
The company offers an online face-to-face doctor consultation service via web and mobile (iOS and Android). Patients can create an account with VideoDoc and be connected to a registered GP for a consultation, with prices starting at €30.
Services such as these reduce the workload for GPs, as well as offering to patients the convenience of remote consultations. These kinds of consultations can be a better option for busy professionals who would otherwise struggle to find time to see a doctor due to the constraints of their schedules. They are also helpful for older patients, as well as patients with mobility issues.