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Doctors Online

Recently I read ateedub’s blog posting on “Healthcare Delivery in the Internet Age” and found the discussions fascinating and inspiring.  Let me just say right now that I completely agree with ateedub.  I too am waiting for a change in healthcare.  Not only do I believe all Americans should have access to healthcare but I also praise Dr. Ben Brewer’s efforts to establish an online doctors office.  It’s disappointing that his site, the Forest Family Practice, will go dark at the end of the month because it was not embraced by patients in his rural Illinois community.

Just think of how this could change all our lives.  If your child is sick in the middle of the night and you can simply go online, email Dr. Brewer your child’s symptoms, receive instant feedback and a prescription that is already being called in to your local pharmacy – wouldn’t you pay $30?  What if you could save yourself a phone call to make an appointment, the gas and parking to get to the appointment, the lobby wait and time off from work?  What if you’re home and the last thing you want to do is get out of bed but have the option to choose communicating with your doctor online via skype?  It is worth the $30 to me!

Ateedub is right in that we need to know more about this story. Maybe the testing location of Forrest, IL wasn’t the best choice but I don’t see how patients weren’t interested. This is definitely revolutionary and I commend ateedub for bringing this into our class conversation.  The opportunities for a virtual doctor office seem limitless and beneficial to everyone involved – doctors, patients and the insurance companies.  Doesn’t the saying go – time is money?

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July 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment