Sutter Health is now offering virtual visits with in network primary care physicians. They are the fourth major provider in California to offer this service. Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Health, Dignity Health, and now Sutter all claim to offer virtual doctor appointments.
Telemedicine has been around for many years, however it is rare to hear from patients who are using it and have easy access to it. I often ask patients if they are attempting to book virtual visits but rarely do patients see or hear that as an option when they are booking appointments. Although these carriers claim to provide virtual visits, it is all about access to that service.
There's no doubt in my mind that a virtual doctor visit would be a huge success if done correctly. Doctors and nurses would save valuable time. Patients wouldn't have to wait around at an office. It is a win - win. Let's get this right.