Health experts are hoping the UK’s latest smartphone-based health app, called Dr Smith, will make it easier for women to access medical appointments and other services in their own homes.
The app, which launched in the UK on Tuesday, will allow users to tap a “Dr Smith” icon to receive an in-person consultation in a home or office setting.
The information will be automatically uploaded to a mobile device and delivered through the app.
“Dr smith” means doctor in the local slang, according to the app’s developers.
Dr Smiths can also be accessed by the NHS.
Dr Smiths is currently available in the US and Australia, but will be rolled out across the UK in the coming weeks.
“The app is the future of healthcare,” said Dr Simon Grieve, chief executive of the British Medical Association, in a statement.
“This is a real breakthrough in delivering safe and affordable healthcare for all people.”
The app was developed by the team behind mobile health app Zendesk.
Dr Grieve said it is hoped that Dr Smits will be a model for other app developers around the world.
The app has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in the first week of its launch in the country, and the app team said it has “tremendous” support from women.
For those who do not have access to an internet connection, the app can also send email and text messages to the mobile doctor.
It is not the first time a smartphone-enabled app has raised questions.
The iPhone app, HealthKit, was launched in October last year.
Apple has faced criticism in recent years for its role in the introduction of so-called “health homekit” devices to assist in the provision of health care.
A spokesman for Health and Social Care Minister Mark Drakeford said the government would not be complacent in the technology space and that its app was “completely transparent”.
“It’s important that women and men across the country are given the information they need to make their own health decisions,” the spokesman said.
It’s about the information and information sharing that is so important for women and girls in rural and remote areas.””
It’s not just about the device itself.
It’s about the information and information sharing that is so important for women and girls in rural and remote areas.”