The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on several health care meets the internet stories, the first about a cardiology group where “cardiology patients can hop online to request prescription refills, check portions of their medical records or send questions about their conditions.”
Great, but get this:
Within a few years, the interventional cardiologist expects to be trading e-mails with patients and possibly holding real-time Web chats.
Within a few years? Four words (“within a few years”) sum up health care’s issues. The pace of change in health care is infuriating (speaking of years)…
An internet infusion at Mercy Medical Group provides a bit of traditional health care delivery hope:
The patients will be able see lab results, get information about X-rays and schedule appointments through an interactive calendar.
Patients can take a picture of a suspicious rash and send the image in an e-mail. Doctors can respond to an e-mail question about high cholesterol with links to health-related websites.
Surliness ceased…for now.