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Though it may sound far-fetched, seeing a doctor could move in that direction if telemedicine gains more acceptance, according to health technology experts.
Instead of making an appointment in advance and sitting in a waiting room, patients could beam out a request to a group of health providers via a website or mobile app. The first doctor to respond gets the visit, which is then conducted on a smartphone or computer.
From consulting and diagnosing to performing telesurgery, virtual medicine is here to stay and continues to proliferate. Can on-line medicine truly replace traditional face-to-face medical practice?
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The same forces that have made instant messaging and video calls part of daily life for many Americans are now shaking up basic medical care. Health systems and insurers are rushing to offer video consultations for routine ailments, convinced they will save money and relieve pressure on overextended primary care systems in cities and rural areas alike.
Medical startups are creating networks of freelance M.D.s to treat patients on-demand.
How will telemedicine shape the future of patient-doctor relationships?
A growing number of Web-based companies offer virtual medical visits, where users can go online and consult with a doctor or other health-care provider, any time of the day or night, from wherever they are.
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