47% of providers offer online patient consultations

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About half of healthcare providers currently offer direct-to-consumer online medical services, according to a recent poll from the American Telemedicine Association.

The most-reported telemedicine delivery methods included video (77 percent), audio (57 percent) and a peripheral device (28 percent). Of the providers not currently offering these services, 72 percent said they will most likely implement them in the near future.

Survey results are based on 475 responses to an online poll.

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