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Are Your Patients Ready for Electronic Communication? - October 2007 - Family Practice Management

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Are Your Patients Ready for Electronic Communication? - October 2007 - Family Practice Management: "Overall, we were pleased to learn that 88 percent of our patients are able to access the Internet or e-mail either at home, through a public facility, or through family or friends. We had anticipated a much lower number. We were also impressed that 78 percent of patients with Internet access (either at home or elsewhere) expressed interest in using some form of electronic communication either to contact our office or to receive health-related information from our office. Acting on the numbers The results of our survey convinced us that patients are ready to begin using the Internet to communicate with our practice. The patients we surveyed were enthusiastic about receiving appointment reminders by e-mail, scheduling appointments online and receiving test results electronically, and we are planning to offer each of these services in the near future."

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