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Trend: Physician online consult volume growing - FierceHealthIT

Posted Dec 08 2008 3:21pm
Trend: Physician online consult volume growing - FierceHealthIT: " As we've reported for more than a year, online physician consults via the internet (sometimes known as 'e-visits') are growing more popular over time. While some physicians are leery of conducting patient check-ins online, as they're concerned they'll miss a critical detail, others believe that such visits are fine for patients with minor ailments. In any event, about one-third of e-consults end with the doctor asking the patient to come in for a face-to-face visit, according to e-visit technology vendor RelayHealth.

Insurers like Aetna and Cigna have come on board and begun reimbursing for such visits, making it more tempting for doctors to consider such an approach."
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