31 Aug '11, 9am

In the UK, doctors may be able to examine their patients over Skype

LONDON - Patients in the United Kingdom will be able to hold online consultations with doctors as part of plans to technologically revolutionise the National Health Service (NHS), according to its medical director. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said information technology will "completely change the way we deliver medicine", making access to doctors at any time a reality and giving patients the ability to talk to specialists anywhere in the country. The health expert told The Times newspaper that he was looking at using online services such as Skype to make the NHS more convenient for users. Doctors, leaders and patient groups, however, warned that the Internet should not become a means to cut access to doctors or transfer out-of-hours care to overseas call centres, but admitted budget cuts could force the NHS to rethink the way services are provided. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110831-0000349/UK-pat...

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