The Doctor is in... your computer.
Springwise reports today on a Seattle-based medical services provider that provides 24/7 house calls via webcam, Skype, or phone.
Carena is an alternative to emergency room services. An analysis of more than 35,000 house calls delivered that way, however, inspired the creation of a system that supports virtual house calls as well. Carena, meanwhile, can extend the geographic reach of its services while reducing costs for clients and patients.
This is obviously a very efficient way of delivering personalized health care and cutting down on unnecessary and expensive hospital visits no matter the market. But remote visits like this can truly transform how health care is delivered in rural communities, both in the United States and abroad. Now we just need to make sure people in rural communities have access to high-speed internet.