HealthTap allows patients to consult physicians' posts on common questions or email them individually to address specific concerns, costing a fraction of an office visit.

A new online application is democratizing access to medical information and health-care advice. HealthTap allows users access to a database of 15,000+ doctors in 115 specialties who can give answers to specific health questions, such as, “Can scoliosis be cured?” The doctor’s responses are then peer-reviewed by fellow participating medics, either giving clout to or denying a doctor’s claim. In addition to rewarding well-informed doctors with positive exposure and public relations, physicians who engage in one-on-one consultations receive monetary compensation for their participation.

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