Is Northfield ready for online medical consultations? Today’s Strib has a story about how BCBS MN plans to use American Well online medical consultation service. (More below.) How about online reviews of doctors? A month ago, USA Today ran a story titled: Doctors seek gag orders to stop patients’ online reviews. How about Internet access in the hospital and clinics? (continued)
I think an online chat service with a doctor it’s a great idea though I’d also like to see the option to contact a doctor via email (asynchronously) instead of just live-chat… and better yet, my OWN doctor. I do have online access to some of my medical records via Allina’s MyChart but it’s pretty minimal at this point. I have to nag them to update it and I can’t initiate an online request. I have to phone them. (Since web cams can be used for the real-time chat, it’s another reason to have fiber-to-the-home!)
Are Northfielders rating their medical professionals? I see only 6 Northfield providers listed at the Rate MDs website. Anyone have an account at Angie’s List? They started taking reviews on doctors and dentists a year ago, so there should be some Northfield-area providers there.
Hospitals all over the country are now providing internet access for patients and visitors (eg, Children’s of MN, Mayo Clinic, more listed here). The Northfield Hospital says nothing about access for patients on the patient page. On their visitor page it says that “Internet access is available in the Northern Light Café. There is a desktop personal computer available there for the convenience of patients and visitors.” No wi-fi?