Thursday, October 09, 2014

Doctors doing face-to-face house calls – over the Internet

Some believe that telemedicine will explode in upcoming years. Dallas-based Parks Associates, a company that researches technology trends, predicts that doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple in one year, from 5.7 million this year to more than 16 million in 2015.

Harry Wang, director of mobile and health product research for Parks Associates, wrote in an email response that it’s not only the convenience that will increase usage, but employers encouraging workers to use the service to “reduce work absenteeism and raise productivity.” Wang wrote that “health care providers will gradually accept this form of care” and that increasing reliance on virtual health will improve “access, quality and cost.”

From the article "Doctors doing face-to-face house calls – over the Internet" by Joe Lawlor.

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