Patients skipping waiting room in favor of visiting doctor online

Patients skipping waiting room in favor of visiting doctor online

Patients someday might skip the waiting room to see their doctor by a video visit.

The prevalence of telemedicine interaction between medical providers, or between doctors and patients in remote settings, is expected to move into the mainstream. It could include using Skype or some other video system between doctors and patients for a new generation of house calls.

“Most office visits don’t need to be face to face,” said Dr. Allen Weiss, president and chief executive officer of the NCH Healthcare System in Florida. “Instead of someone running for an office visit, a quick electronic visit can take less time.”

The widespread use of electronic medical records is making technology-based interaction between doctors and patients possible, where a relationship between the two parties already exists, where patient privacy is certain, and when the matter at hand is not a medical emergency, industry officials say.

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