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The Irish telehealth provider ‘VideoDoc’ has claimed that the number of users on their platform  increased by 100 per cent during ex-hurricane Ophelia on Monday (16th October).

The company offered free online GP visits on Monday due to the closure of the vast majority of GP surgeries across Ireland.

Commenting on the figures, Mary O’Brien, CEO VideoDoc, said that the decision was made to provide consultations with GPs free of charge, once the company had learned that the storm would limit medical care in Ireland.

She continued: “As well as a dramatic increase of users, we also had a much higher uptake of GPs working from our system. This week’s events show how online consultations, for basic triage and care, can seriously support our traditional health care system in Ireland”.

Currently Ireland’s leading telehealth provider, the company has committed to placing considerable resources into the areas of clinical research and the development of leading protocols and best practice, following the announcement of an investment injection of €2.5 million earlier this month.

VideoDoc expect to create 30 jobs over the next 12 months and part of the investment will be allocated to the recruitment of leading GPs in Ireland and the UK.

Former Tánaiste, Mary Harney, has joined the company as Chairperson and Dr. Conor O’Hanlon, a founding member of the ICGP with 37 years experience practising medicine, is the new Medical Director.

VideoDoc partners with several health providers across Ireland such as, VHI, Beaumont Hospital, Group Schemes in Ireland, and Clanwilliam Healthcare, in addition to the NHS in the UK.