The Internet is making it possible to visit the doctor's office without leaving your home.
Using the newly launched "Pres e-Care" Web system, patients of Clovis, N.M.-based Plains Regional Medical Center doctors can check laboratory results, refill prescriptions, schedule appointments and even consult with their doctor, according to Elizabeth Schomburg, spokeswoman for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the 106-bed hospital's parent company.
E-mail consultations are intended for nonurgent issues such as seasonal allergies, she said. In the system, patients fill out an in-depth survey to define their symptoms. The doctor has eight hours to respond, she said.
The system will cut the number of trips and phone calls patients have to make to the doctor's office, officials hope.
There are 14 PRMC-affiliated doctors using the system, and Presbyterian plans to expand the program to all of its physicians statewide.
Patients living in remote rural areas may especially find the service convenient and efficient, Schomburg said, explaining a lot of patients seen at PRMC are from outlying communities.
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