One of the safety concerns is that the technology should be used only for nonurgent
conditions, such as back pain or cold symptoms.
We think retail medical clinics will become a primary source of affordable routine, nonurgent
medical care," comments MedXpress chief executive officer Brian Jones.
While some ancillary and specialty services were offered to all patients, GAO also identified gaps in other services, including services to diagnose and treat nonurgent
conditions--such as arthritis and knee injuries--specialty dental care, and behavioral health care.
based RelayHealth, allows providers to consult patients electronically for nonurgent
medical matters and to submit claims for the transactions.
Overall, 56% of the Stanford physicians preferred e-visits to office visits for nonurgent
Reported areas of strongest desire for using E-mail were to request prescription refills (90%), for nonurgent
consultations (87%), and to obtain routine laboratory results or test reports (84%).
Finding a way to provide nonurgent
health care access to patients who inappropriately overuse the ER has become a national health care priority as ER costs per-visit are generally three times higher than comparable care in an outpatient clinic.
One reason for taking out health insurance appears to be being able to bypass any public hospital waiting list should one require nonurgent
This week, we have introduced a new appointment system for nonurgent
callers who require a visit from an officer.
The proportion of patients starting treatment within 31 days of diagnosis via the nonurgent
route fell in November to 96.
In Sunderland the City Hospitals Trust said it has had to cancel and reschedule a small number of nonurgent
operations and outpatient appointments though will still provide full urgent and emergency care.