Docs go digital

Patients in rural North State can video chat with health specialists

Individuals in rural areas of the North State with health-care insurance through Blue Shield of California—including those signed up through Covered California—can now talk to a doctor via interactive video technology.

In a press release, Blue Shield and Adventist Health touted the recently launched initiative as a means to “reduce travel time and expense for patients while increasing their access to high-quality care.”

By visiting an Adventist Health site, patients will be able to seek advice and diagnoses from health specialists not available in their area. An onsite clinical coordinator will use diagnostic equipment such as an electronic stethoscope, vital-signs monitor, and high definition camera to send data, images and audio to the specialist.

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