Seven percent of U.S. physicians use online video conferencing as one of their tools for communicating with patients, according to a report released today by New York-based healthcare market research company Manhattan Research.
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"(Video) communication is emerging as a way for physicians to consult with patients about nonurgent issues, such as follow-up questions from an office visit, or to connect with geographically dispersed populations that may not have nearby access to specialists," a news release about the study noted.
Manhattan Research's study, conducted online and over the phone, examined the telemedicine use of 2,041 practicing U.S. physicians. Respondents included primary-care physicians, pediatricians, cardiologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists and obstetrician-gynecologists, according to the release. Psychologists and oncologists were among the specialty practitioners more likely to be using video conferencing, the release noted.
Doctors cited several barriers—including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, liability and reimbursement issues—to expanding their online communication with patients.
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