If Doctors Work for Free, Why Not Translators, Healthcare Startup Hopes

Silicon Valley-based digital health company HealthTap says it is going global by attempting to translate its gigantic database of patient- and doctor-generated content. HealthTap started out as a cloud-based Q&A service where patients ask questions and doctors answer free of charge. The company received funding to the tune of USD 37.8m so far, according to Crunchbase. Doctors and patients can rate answers, which contributes to a doctor’s so-called “Docscore.” Since launching in 2010, HealthTap managed to sign up over 100,000 physicians. While some doctors see potential risk and liability issues, many seem to like the idea of imparting their wisdom free of charge. “It does feel nice to volunteer simple answers to real questions people have,” says one doctor in a forum. Advertisement The free service is widely seen as…


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