office assists patients with insurance billing and also allows them
to pay using PayPal.
Telemedicine provides important new opportunities to improve health
care and overcomes a wide range of problems in the traditional health care
system. For example:
-- Doctors are hard to see. As many as one in three patients have
trouble seeing a primary care physician, and nearly one in four
have problems taking the time from work to see their doctor.
-- More than half of all emergency room (ER) visits are for nonemergency
health problems. ER visits are extremely costly and could easily
be avoided if patients could contact health care professionals by
phone or by e-mail at any time or day of the week.
-- More than 125 million Americans have chronic conditions, yet most
are not receiving appropriate care, in part because monitoring is
complex and expensive. Yet programs to manage chronic medical
conditions are beginning to use remote monitoring, which research
has shown improves patients' adherence to protocols and can be
outsourced to low-cost, qualified medical providers.
-- The use of electronic medical records improves the quality of care
and reduces medical errors, allowing better coordination of patient
care among different providers.
"Health insurers and the government are keeping the practice of medicine in the Stone Age," said Herrick. "Telemedicine provides patients with convenient high quality care for a lower cost."
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