An updated survey in April indicated a steady uptick in telemedicine use in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Roughly 35 percent of respondents reported using telemedicine for patient-focused purposes. In addition, almost 20 percent of concierge physicians who offer fee-based, kid-glove care to member patients use video conferencing, the survey found. The virtual visit program between remote patients and NCH doctors began in December with a soft launch.
By Liz Freeman | Jan. 12, 2018
The waiting room is buzzing with patients — some wearing disposable face masks — with hopes of seeing a doctor in a reasonable time frame for pesky respiratory problems, rashes, urinary tract infections and the like. Staying home, avoiding germs in a waiting room, and receiving medical attention for minor problems on your own terms is now possible in Southwest Florida. The NCH Healthcare System in Collier County began a “virtual visit” program last month, enabling patients to have a telemedicine visit any time of day or night with a medical professional for non-emergencies. The program is open to anyone — whether local residents or visitors, insured or uninsured — by going online, filling out a form and using a video platform, such as Facetime, to connect with a doctor at the NCH Physician Group.