Doctors to Perform “Virtual Visits” in Hawaii Under New Plan

Beginning in January,  HMSA recipients  will have another option available to see their doctors.  I’m just curious how many folks that need to use this technology, will actually be able to use it?

The first plan to sign on is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii, which starting in January will offer patients virtual visits with its doctors. Other states and health plans, yet to be announced, will also activate it in 2009.

…The platform will allow credentialed healthcare providers from HMSA’s network to make themselves available for online and phone consultations at their discretion, any time, from any location, and for as long as they choose. Eligible consumers, both HMSA members and nonmembers, will have immediate live access to such providers without scheduling appointments or leaving home.

The ensuing interaction will allow providers to review relevant patient information, speak with and see the patients, prescribe medications as appropriate, and suggest follow-up care. This on-demand interaction between members and providers will be under the advisement of the patient’s care coordinator, namely their primary care physician…

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