Telehealth provider VideoDoc has announced plans to create 30 jobs at its offices in Sandyford in Dublin over the next 12 months after it secured €2.5m in funding.

The company also said today that former tánaiste Mary Harney has been appointed as its new chairperson.

Videodoc, which makes it easier for healthcare professionals and patients to link up remotely by using a webcam or smartphone camera, also said that Dr Conor O'Hanlon will become its new Medical Director.

The company currently partners with several high-profile health providers across Ireland such as VHI, Beaumont Hospital, Group Schemes in Ireland and Clanwilliam Healthcare, as well the NHS in the UK.

VideoDoc is involved in several online GP initiatives and projects in Ireland.

It said today that it will continue the development of the doctor consultation service along with the clinical processes and technology that supports the service.

"The addition of Mary Harney as Chair and Dr Conor O’Hanlon as Medical Director will provide invaluable experience and skill to our senior team as we look to expand our offering across the Irish and UK markets, as well as further afield," commented the company's chief executive Mary O'Brien.

Ms Harney said she believed that Ireland, with its wide-spread adoption of technology and acute challenges in accessing medical support, coupled with the rising cost of healthcare, is well-positioned to reap the benefits of professional telemedicine services. 

"VideoDoc, with its team of IMC-registered GPs, is best positioned to lead this movement," Ms Harney added.