Providing Care Online
In a recent post to the Wall Street Journal's blog, titled "Internet Visits With Doctors Can Beat Office Appointments," a physician makes the case for offering consultations online. "I think 20% of my routine office visits could be handled safely and less expensively over the Internet. There is nothing magical about the four office walls that make face-to-face visits superior. Demanding an in-person visit for every little thing is based on tradition and consensus opinion -- not science," he says.
Do NPs agree with this idea? Recently telemedicine clinics, where patients see a physician on a screen while being assisted by a medical assistant, have replaced several retail clinic locations in WalMart that used to be staffed by nurse practitioners. It seems that telemedicine is something NPs have not weighed in on. Comment below!