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Seven percent of U.S. physicians use online video conferencing to communicate with any of their patients, according the new Taking the Pulse U.S. v11.0 study of physician digital adoption trends from pharmaceutical and healthcare market research company Manhattan Research. This year’s study of 2,041 U.S. practicing physicians includes a focus on how physicians are using technology in the practice, such as for electronic health records, electronic prescribing and interaction with patients.

As video chatting becomes more common, this type of communication is emerging as a way for physicians to consult with patients about non-urgent issues, such as follow up questions from an office visit, or to connect with geographically dispersed patient populations that may not have nearby access to specialists. The study also found that certain specialties, such as psychiatrists and oncologists, are more likely to be using video conferencing with patients.

However, the study found that physician concerns regarding reimbursement, liability and HIPAA are still major barriers to communicating online with patients. Some of these issues are starting to be addressed as telemedicine solution providers such as American Well partner with insurance companies to facilitate payment and increase their security measures.

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Source: Seven per cent of U.S. Physicians Use Video Chat to Communicate with Patients

Date: May 16, 2010

Pre-Print From ElectronicHealthcare

CPOE and eMAR Implementation Metrics at a Community Hospital

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Around the World

German, Spanish and Swedish Hospitals Win EMRAM Awards

EU: Profiles for the Interoperability of Pharmacy Records Successfully Tested

Finland updates to single integrated patient information systems

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News from Canada

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Access to Care Provides Ontario Near-Real-Time Picture of Patient Flow


New Wireless Strategies Set to Drive Down Health Care Costs

Many in US Seek Health Information Online: Study

eCareSoft Embeds the First Task-Oriented eLearning Into Its EHR Application for Small Hospitals

Industry Speak

Toshiba Releases New 160-slice Multi Detector CT Scanner, Aquilion PRIME

CGI Awarded US $5.7M Contract To Advance The CONNECT Nationwide Health Information Exchange Gateway

CSC Expands its Healthcare Division in Eastern Europe

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e-Health 2011

2011 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care HIT Summit

Doctors 2.0™ & You (Paris, France)

13th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME’11)

AGPN eHealth Conference

MIE2011 (Oslo, Norway)

Health Informatics Scotland Conference 2011

Health 2.0 Europe 2011

83rd AHIMA Convention & Exhibit

CEATEC Japan 2011

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