In Brief

Smartphone app helps patients diagnose symptoms over video chat.

Medical information is easy to find on the Internet, but trying to diagnose your own symptoms isn’t always the best idea. Instead, why not try a new app created by one of the world’s most prominent medical groups, The Mayo Clinic. Created with California-based health technology startup, Better, the app gives you 24/7 health care assistance for just $49.95 a month.

One of the biggest features is real-tile video chat with Mayo Clinic nurses, but the service also includes a “symptom checker” which incorporates patients’ health history, and access to a personal medical concierge who can help schedule doctor’s appointments. The service is compliant with federal health privacy regulations, and monthly subscription free is per household, which means your whole family can benefit.

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