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GP2U to launch WebRTC video conferencing app

January 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Kate McDonald / Pulse IT

Telehealth provider GP2U plans to release a new version of its iPhone app with in-built WebRTC functionality, and is also using the technology now to conduct video conferences between GPs, specialists and patients through its website.

WebRTC is a developing telecommunications standard that will allow people to conduct video conferences and transfer images and documents in real time through common internet browsers without the need to download a separate application such as Skype.

GP2U founder James Freeman said the new version of the app will allow patients to register, book, pay, video conference and get prescriptions through their iPhones.

The app is currently in Apple's approval process, and should be available on the App Store next week. The Android version will be released on Google Play at the same time.

A simple button will be added to the existing app to take the patient straight to GP2U's virtual waiting room, with connections to the doctor via WebRTC proving faster and more secure than when using Skype.

Dr. Freeman said he expected there to be reasonable uptake of people video conferencing through the app on their phones, but most would still use PCs, Android tablets or iPads.

The GP2U website also now includes a WebRTC link in the virtual waiting room, so once a patient has logged in, they only need one click to attend the video conference.

"If I want to see the doctor I go to the waiting room and I wait until the doctor comes to get me," he said. "With our virtual waiting room patients simply wait the until the doctor pops up on the screen. That's pretty easy to explain. Go to the waiting room and wait for the doctor - you don't need to explain anything much else as it all just works."

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