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Patients looking to connect with physicians through technology

May 1, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Medical Xpress / The Fiscal Times

With the answers to most medical questions easily available at our fingertips, it only makes sense that researchers are beginning to consider how communication technologies can help patients manage their health.

Medical researchers Marcello Tonelli and Arash Ehteshami have released a new publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that gauges how interested are in using email, text messaging and videoconferencing to connect with their physicians. Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions funded the study, which included about 1,850 adults aged 40 years and older with , diabetes, heart disease or prior stroke. All participants were from the four western provinces.

"With its vast geography, low population density and high portion of people living in , Canada is an excellent place to deploy information technologies," said Ehteshami, lead author and a former graduate student in Tonelli's laboratory at the University of Alberta. "Substantial interest was observed among patients 75 years and older."

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