They're not techno-docs. They're just trying to care for patients like any other physician. But they're ahead of their colleagues in embracing the potential of the Internet.
As these five snapshots of physician practices demonstrate, tapping the Internet's potential need not involve an elaborate, costly commitment. Eye on Info looked in on practices of moderate means that are bringing Internet technology to medicine's grass roots. These practices combine enthusiasm and a Web browser to improve service to patients while handling a practice load more efficiently.
The Internet's ubiquity means any provider can play, whether in small-town Maine, coastal California, the Louisiana bayou or the urban landscapes of Brooklyn and Boston.
Physician offices are the most basic units of care in a healthcare system, but the limited ability of practices to automate operations and exchange information has been a stumbling block for all provider organizations trying to control medical costs. Now the time is right for practitioners to make good use of Internet technology.
See for yourself how doctors are setting themselves up to connect better with patients, trim the daily volume of telephone traffic to manageable size, and bring consistency and compliance to their billing documentation.
It's at this gut level of healthcare delivery that the promise and potential of information technology can best be evaluated.