Residents of New Zealand can now access health advice for free
with the new Healthline Symptom Checker mobile app.
This new app, available in the iTunes store, is offered by the
Health to compliment its Healthline national telephone triage
and health service, providing an alternative and convenient channel
to access health information.
Explaining the features of the app, Health Minister, Tony Ryall,
said, "People can enter their symptoms by either selecting the area
on a body map or searching by name from a list, such as leg injury.
They will then be provided with suggested courses
The course of action would be suggested based on the type of
illness/injury and the severity of the symptoms. Advice provided by
the app could range from information to manage the condition at
home, visiting a doctor within 24 hours or even calling
The Minister added, "When you download the symptom checker you
can add your General Physician's phone number. If the suggested
course of action is phone your doctor you can do it with a push of
a button through the phone app."
This app was developed by Medibank, an Australian private health
insurance provider, and was adapted from an Australian version of
The Ministry of Health recently announced that the country will
have a new national telehealth system by the end of
2014, aiming for a more comprehensive and an improved quality