Telemedicine: The doctor is in

From the Daily Messenger:

Fifty years ago, doctors made house calls. Those days are making a comeback — via electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and the like.

You can now “phone-in” certain health concerns using telemedicine. Fevers, sore throats, skin rashes and other minor ailments that might otherwise drive you to the doctor, an emergency room or urgent care can be seen and prescribed treatment by a physician right from your home.

Average wait time? Five minutes, 11 seconds, according to a recent pilot program by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to test how well telemedicine works.

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