Doctor Visits Go Online

Microsoft is making a huge leap by allowing doctor visits online. Doctors will get paid $30 a visit with no cost to the patient. Here’s the article in The Seattle Times.

I really think that some system similar to this is in the future of Health Care. I hope that it is sooner or later. There really are some interesting insurance questions that have to be answered. Since Microsoft is self insured I can see some significant savings for them. I also don’t see why it couldn’t be create your online encounter in a way that it instructs you to get emergency care. Ok, so that doesn’t solve all the problems, but it’s just sad that there are some great benefits that will be missing because of the potential insurance liabilities.

College Health seems like it’s in a good position to offer these services since many have free Health Center visits and charge a Health Fee to all students. The health fee could account for any costs associated with the online encounters. Plus, it could easily be integrated with an existing EMR where all patient data and encounters could be seen.

Just think of the possibilities!!

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • I recently read a great idea for prisoner’s to use electronic access to doctors on The Healthcare IT Guy’s website. What a great idea!! If every state doesn’t implement this they are crazy. Think of the tax dollars that could be saved. Plus the EMR integrations could be fabolous because their proximity makes some processes and follow up so much easier.

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