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Seven per cent of physicians use video conferencing

Video conferencing is becoming increasingly popular within medicine, according to a study.

Produced by Manhattan Research, the study confirmed that seven per cent of U.S physicians are now using the technology to speak to patients.

It was suggested that physicians were using video conference facilities in order to connect with patients who live too far away from a doctor’s surgery. The new trend, which has been dubbed Telemedicine, is also occasionally being used to communicate over non-urgent issues or follow-up queries after a visit.

Speaking to Yahoo! News, Manhattan Research president Meredith Ressi said that video conferencing has the potential to change the way that we communicate with medical professionals forever.

She said: “Telemedicine has the potential to open up consultations with top specialists, regardless of your location. Combined with the impending shortage of primary care physicians, the implications of these technologies for how healthcare is delivered in our country are remarkable.”

Ressi added that she expected more physicians to adopt the technology within the near future.

Marty Hollander, who is senior vice president for a leading telepresence company, also spoke out – claiming that other professionals in the healthcare industry could massively benefit from use of video conferencing.

Speaking to Smart Planet, he said that he could envision doctors, ambulance staff and psychiatrists communicating with patients and workmates using the technology.