May 19, 2015

JUST ANOTHER CONSUMER GOOD:

The Promise of Telemedicine (Vik Bakhru May 18, 2015, US News)

In today's increasingly connected world, accessibility, convenience and efficiency have become the watchwords for industries everywhere. Whether it's paying bills, ordering food, watching movies, booking appointments or all other manner of daily activities, time is a valuable commodity - and there is little room for businesses that don't recognize that fact. As consumers, we have grown unaccustomed to waiting.

On a large scale, however, patients have yet to demand that same level of service from their health care providers. [...]

The fact of the matter is that many of the 1 billion doctor visits that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports occur each year in the United States can be avoided altogether. As a physician, I see many patients whose questions could be addressed using smartphone technology. A quick conversation via video chat with a physician could be sufficient in getting the information needed to address these health questions.

Posted by at May 19, 2015 7:21 PM
  

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