The Doctor Will See You Now — Online [NYT Bits Blog]
The information revolution that broadband Internet has created continues to change paradigms. Today's change is the visit to the doctor, which a company named American Well aims to transform into a video conference that can be conducted from a computer. If your health insurance opts to participate in American Well (and at least one will by January), you simply log on to American Well and you're directed to your virtual exam room for a ten minute consultation with a doctor. Doctors in the American Well system have access to your electronic medical records and can even prescribe medication through the system.
While it sure sounds like a big change from making an appointment and traveling to a doctor's office, a system like this is perfect for people on the go who need to consult with a doctor about a non-emergency issue. Plus, this article indicates that the system will have doctors available after regular office hours and on weekends.