Google will begin partnering with medical organizations to develop its service to connect patients to doctors through the Internet, Modern Healthcare reports.
Through the program, “consumers using Google's Web search service for a particular symptom will see a “talk with a doctor now” option.” This will enable them to speak to a doctor via video chat.
Google is “is partnering with providers such as Scripps Health, San Diego, and startups like One Medical Group, San Francisco. The service will be available through Google's Hangouts feature. For the moment, at least, Google will pay for associated costs so the service will be free to users.”
The trend of virtual visits is rapidly gaining popularity in healthcare. Groups like “Kaiser Permanente have seen strong demand for such visits. Mayo Clinic is piloting a kiosk program that allows patients to remotely visit doctors with video and medical devices close at hand.”
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