Re: Replacing the doctor visit
I get my medical care from Beth Israel in Boston, and they have a very advanced medical record system in place where the docs communicate with each other, and a subset of the notes are available to me.One great thing this type of system accomplishes is the elimination of a lot of telephone tag - I get an email telling me the results of a test are available, so I don't have to waste time chasing after the doc or his/her assistant for results.
This is especially valuable if the result is about what we were expecting, and I'm to be instructed that I don't need anything more, or if I have to pick up a prescription. The doctor and I save time, the insurance company saves money, and the world is a happier place. If it's really bad news, I'm assuming it won't be online, they'd want to tell me in a more appropriate setting.