Study: 7% of Physicians Use Video Conferencing to Communicate With Patients

May 16, 2011 | Print  |

Seven percent of U.S. physicians use online video conferencing to communicate with any of their patients, according to a Manhattan Research news release.

The pharmaceutical and healthcare market research company's study analyzed more than 2,000 U.S. physicians' use of telemedicine in their practice, including electronic health records and e-prescribing. The study found that as video chatting becomes more common, physicians are employing the communication method more frequently as a way to consult with patients about non-urgent issues. The study also found that certain specialties, such as psychiatrists and oncologists, are more likely to use 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.

Read the company news release about telemedicine.

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