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Survey shows many patients ready for remote healthcare

June 22, 2011 - 0 Comments

Let’s face it: there aren’t too many perks to a visit to the doctor’s office. Sure there’s that latest issue of those gossip magazines you won’t admit you read, there are about a million other things you could accomplish instead of waiting to see the doc.

With telepresence, the office hassle no longer has to stand in the way of patient-doctor face time. The technology already exists to bring the doctor to you in your own home. It’s happening in psychiatry, and face-to-face video connections can help doctors and patients work together more efficiently and conveniently in many other medical practice areas.

The question that remains, writes Medical Marketing & Media’s Matthew Arnold, is how receptive to remote care are the potential patients?

According to a survey by Euro RSCG Tonic, a large contingent of patients seems prepared to give remote care a shot. Seventy-seven percent of the 1,000 survey respondents said they would try remote care if it made seeing the doctor more convenient and less expensive. The prospect of remote care appeals especially to men and people with chronic conditions who would appreciate more access to their physicians, the survey revealed.

Patient satisfaction with remote care will depend a lot on how adept physicians are with the technology involved in delivering the care and how easy they make it for their patients to use the technology, Euro RSCG Tonic’s Denise Murtagh said.

Cisco TelePresence’s ease of use makes it an ideal fit for all patients, even those in older demographics who the survey showed have more hesitation about virtual office visits. In addition to training doctors on our equipment, Cisco outfits TelePresence with interpreter services to overcome any communication barriers doctors and patients may face.

So what do you think? Are you ready to use telepresence to visit the doctor from your own living room?

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