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February 14, 2011
Thomas T. commented on February 17, 2011
Could E-Mail or Video conferencing be truly credible? As a Police Officer I feel this may lead to problems. Braves1
jodyb0378 commented on February 18, 2011
In some cases, for minor issues I think this could work. An example for me would be for a UTI. I get them frequently and for those of you that have had them, you know that it is very uncomfortable and the last thing you want to do is move around to get yourself to the doctor's office and then sit in a waiting room. I would much rather video conference or e-mail a doctor just to tell them my symptoms, they can easily check my records to see that I have them frequently enough to recognize when I have one, and then just send an RX to the pharmacy for me. In some cases you just can't get around going in to the doctor's office, but I think this is something to be explored for minor issues.
Shane commented on February 21, 2011
Obviously this depends on what the visit was intended for. If all I needed to do was refill a prescription then of course I would prefer to avoid the hassle of going in. It could also work extremely well for chronic disease management as most of those visits are routine and involve going over strategies and lifestyle modifications with a person.
I would be weary of relying on a video-conference for a sick visit. Losing the ability to truly assess a patient could lead to mis-diagnoses and further complications.
Riamus commented on February 24, 2011
This all depends on the reason for the visit. Many office visits could easily be done by email or video conference. And many people call in with questions that could sometimes be better answered through video conference. For example, a new parent may not know if a rash on their baby is something to be concerned about. Calling their pediatrician allows them to describe it, but that's not very accurate and could lead to the pediatrician recommending the wrong thing. If you can show the rash through video conferencing, it is going to be more accurate and the pediatrician can choose to either have the parent bring the child in or else say that everything is fine and suggest ointment or whatever. The same example may have had the parent bring the baby in to the hospital rather than calling and that may end up wasting time and money when it could have been answered quickly and easily with video conferencing. That's just one example. There are many examples where this would be beneficial.
At the same time, most things cannot be done over the phone, email, or video conferencing and should not be attempted in those ways.
This should be optional and cheaper than an office visit.
Dukefan commented on February 25, 2011
All forms of communications have pros and cons. Email definitely has a place in the practice of medicine.
CarolinaSummer commented on March 11, 2011
For minor/routine things video conferencing would work, but not for major things or a sick visit.
w8nolonger commented on March 14, 2011
This is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. How is a doctor going to diagnose my condition over the internet or on the phone? How would they hear my heart rate, determine if I have a bacterial or viral infection, determine my objective symptoms like do I have a fever, etc.
unclejacknc commented on April 18, 2011
Ryan R. commented on May 10, 2011
For basic services.