Patients praise and pan virtual doctor visit
iMarketingInsights has a great article about the pros and cons of online doctor-patient visits. As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, there are numerous ways a patient can see a doctor online. I truly recommend you to follow their iMedHealth channel as well.
According to findings released from an January 2009 survey of online US adults by Prophis Research, many see the benefits of convenience and time-savings aspects and think that the concept in general is fantastic.
However, there are also many detractors who are not convinced. The same research shows that almost as many online adults with health care coverage have an initially negative impression of the concept.
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Almost 50-50. Is this a problem? Absolutely not. The changes that can happen in healthcare only depend on the needs of e-patients. If they want to have a doctor who can “see” them online, there will be such doctors (e.g. Hello Health).
But there always be patients (fortunately) who are afraid of the online world and want to see the doctor in real life. They will have their own doctors too.
Too much fuss here. It’s not about the technology, but about the needs of e-patients.
This survey provides us with a lot of useful information about it.