For example, blood sugar and heart monitoring devices can now transmit information to primary physicians and specialists, enabling them to keep tabs on a patient's condition and receive any alerts to drastic or even subtle changes in their conditions.
Results of a five-year study on telemedicine showed that patients can be treated virtually by physicians as effectively as if the patients made actual visits to a doctor's office. In another finding, the remote treatment also improved doctor-patient communication.
Virtual doctor visits could also preclude late night trips to the emergency room.
"As consumers become more [comfortable] with technology, there'll be more opportunities for a physician to visit with a patient who wakes up with terrible ear ache," Dunbrack said. "My generation expects to wait hours in a waiting room, so we bring a book or a laptop and get work done.
"Millenials won't put up with that. They'll press to have care provided in a more convenient, around-the-clock, whenever-they-want-it method," she added. "Not whenever the office is open."
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