Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The state of e-Visits in 2008

The state of e-Visits in 2008 : "A recent article called them 'mouse calls.' Some call them web-visits, or online consultations. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) defines an e-visit as an evaluation and management service provided by a physician or other qualified health professional to an established patient using a web-based or similar electronic-based communication network for a single patient encounter, that occurs over safe, secure, online communication systems.

e-Visits, introduced at the start of this decade, continue to gain momentum as technologies improve, consumer demand increases, experience from prior pilot studies becomes more widespread and major health plans advance and adopt e-visit initiatives. For common, non urgent ailments, an e-visit can simplify life for a consumer, and for a provider and plan too (because the entire transaction has already been converted to a documented electronic transaction.)"

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