A study, detailed here at The Health Care Blog, shows that online care can be beneficial to patients. In the study done by Group Health of Puget Sound, they divided patients with high blood pressure into three groups. The first group had online access to MyGroupHealth (an online option) and services, the second group had access to blood pressure cuffs in addition to onsite training and the third group had online consulting available every two weeks with pharmacists.
At the end of 12 months, half of the online group had reduced their blood pressure while only 1/3 of the patients in the first two groups reduced their blood pressure. This study shows that willingness to work with patients online can be beneficial both for the patient and the doctors. How can doctors work with health care groups to develop a way for online consulting to become a main stream reality?