A visit to the modern doctor’s office may look like this:
You arrive at the clinic after making an appointment online. In the exam room, you sit across from your doctor, who is facing a computer screen. She clicks away at the keyboard, occasionally pulling out a smartphone and touching the screen a few times as you respond to her questions. Then, before you know it, the visit is over. Your doctor hands you a printout summarizing your visit and says that she sent you an “e-copy” as well. Your lab results will be ready to view online by the end of the day. She renewed your anti-hypertension prescription and sent it electronically to your pharmacy. Finally, she requests that you continue sending your daily home blood-pressure readings.
The entire visit lasts no longer than 15 minutes. The physician leaves your room to see the next patient.
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