Date Added: Jul 2009
Performing daily business transactions through electronic technologies is an accepted, reliable and necessary tool across the nation's healthcare sectors. Collaborative efforts amongst healthcare providers have improved the delivery of quality care to patients in addition to the recognized increase in administrative efficiency though effective use of email and other types of electronic communication. Patients are becoming more comfortable with emailing their physician's office to schedule an appointment, discuss laboratory results or request refills on medication. Medicare and some other insurance payers also recognize and pay for "Online consultations" where the health provider and patient interact over the web (telemedicine).