University unveils new app to help find doctors

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 - Page 3

A laboratory at National Chung Hsing University yesterday announced it had developed a new smartphone application (app) that allows people to find doctors easily through an integrated list of physicians who have been recommended by evaluation facilities.

Coinciding with national Doctor’s Day yesterday, the university’s Envisioning U-Commerce Lab said it had developed the free app — Looking for Good Doctors (找好醫師APP) — for people using smartphones running the Android platform.

An associate professor at the university’s Management Information Systems Department, Chen Yu-yi (陳育毅), said the development of the app was inspired by personal experiences of both teachers and students who wanted to find recommended medical professionals, but might not have the will to search for a good doctor while feeling unwell.

Chen said the laboratory spent about two months developing the app and included at least 4,000 points of information gathered about recommended doctors, which are listed at well-known facilities that enjoy the public’s trust.

It also includes information gathered from Common Health Magazine and the Taiwan Medical Association.

A member of the laboratory’s research team, Yang Tzu-I (楊子毅), said that users can first choose the medical division they want. The app would then provide two search methods — one based on the location chosen by the user, and the other according to the user’s current location, so that the user can easily identify the location of a recommended doctor.

The team said the app also differs from other medical apps in that the doctors listed have already been evaluated by trusted parties.