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As with Harvey, telehealth helps Hurricane Irma victims

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
As with Harvey, telehealth helps Hurricane Irma victims

Telehealth in response to a hurricane is becoming a thing. And for good reason: As hurricane victims become displaced and healthcare facilities are rendered unusable due to flooding or power loss, the ability of telemedicine to allow providers to treat patients remotely can save lives and soothe nerves.

Just as telemedicine providers stepped up when Hurricane Harvey blasted the Texas and Louisiana coasts less than two weeks ago, a telehealth company is offering services to Florida victims of the latest hurricane.

LiveHealth Online, a mobile app and website that enables consumers to have live video visits with doctors for non-emergency health conditions, last week began offering free 24/7 access to live doctor visits and psychology visits for people in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. The company also made a similar offer to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“After the devastation in Texas and Louisiana, we want to make sure the people of Florida who may be displaced or not be able to get to their regular healthcare providers can get access to quality care on their smartphone or tablet at no charge should they need it,” said John Jesser, president of LiveHealth Online.

Anyone in these regions who downloads the mobile app and registers can access free online visits by going to:

  • “Help for Harvey Medical” for medical visits in Texas or Louisiana
  • “Help for Harvey Psychology” to schedule psychology visits in Texas or Louisiana
  • “Help for Irma Medical” for medical visits in Florida
  • “Help for Irma Psychology” to schedule psychology visits in Florida

These free, unlimited visit offers will be available through December 31, 2017, LiveHealth Online said.

In addition to LiveHealth Online, Dallas pediatric hospital Children’s Health, telemedicine services provider Doctor on Demand, and healthcare technology start-up EpicMD also offered telehealth services to Harvey victims in Texas and Louisiana.