Start-up enables patient exams via email, texting

A start-up developed in 2012 by a New York-based doctor examines patients via email and text messages, according to an article published this week in the New York Times. The site--Sherpaa--aims to improve healthcare access, particularly to employers, by offering quality healthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"We're using the Internet to reinvent healthcare," Jay Parkinson, a co-founder of the site, who has been seeing patients via the Internet on his own since 2007, told the Times.

The service costs employers $50 per month for each employee registered, which, according to Sherpaa, can save companies as much as $4,000 annually per employee thanks to decreased primary care and emergency room visits. Article

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