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Raleigh medical group launches 'telemedicine' site

Posted January 19, 2015

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— A medical practice in Raleigh is joining the growing trend of what's called "telemedicine" by launching its own service that allows patients to see a physician just about anywhere there's an Internet connection.

Wake Emergency Physicians P.A. is the first independent medical group in the state to launch such a service – called RelyMD.

It offers virtual doctors' visits for North Carolina residents ages 6 months and up 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"We can see (patients) in the comfort of their own home – at a significantly reduced cost – compared to other health care facilities like urgent care facilities or emergency departments," said RelyMD's co-founder, Dr. Bobby Park.

The main draw for patients, Park believes, is savings and convenience.

Going by what can be seen through an online camera and asking targeted questions, Park and other physicians can determine if a patient might be better served by an in-person office visit.

Park says the field is so new, however, that insurance companies don't typically cover the costs, which are about $50 per session, which are paid using major credit and debit cards.

A recent decision from the North Carolina Medical Board that allows prescriptions through telemedicine visits has also helped the service grow, Park said.

Not all medical problems can be treated using RelyMD, according to its website. Those include emergency medical conditions, such as chest pain, abdominal pain, uncontrolled bleeding and shortness of breath.

RelyMD plans to add a mobile phone version of their service in the coming months.


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  • JennyB Jan 20, 2015

    I feel that this would save all the hypochondriacs from running to the ER for every nosebleed. Maybe cut down on costs and waittimes in the ER. I'm for it.

  • Henyeah Jan 20, 2015

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    Not sure what kind of health insurance you have but you had better stay on it. I haven't seen a $15 copay in years! It would cost me about $120 for an office vist with my insurance.

  • Angie Cox Jan 20, 2015
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    would save money by driving time, gas and waiting forever on a doctor. I just wonder if they misdiagnose over the computer how many people will sue for millions. hmmmm. crazy world we live in.

  • Bart Iannetta Jan 20, 2015
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    Seriously? Try doing some research. Look up Grover Norquist and universal healthcare. You will see how the GOP has been playing with you for years.

  • Bart Iannetta Jan 20, 2015
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    "ER doctors don't accept health insurance. Not sure why someone would pay $50 for a tele visit when I can see the Dr. for a $15 copay."

    How about on a weekend when most doctors do not have office hours.

  • Todd Jenkins Jan 20, 2015
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    ER doctors don't accept health insurance. Not sure why someone would pay $50 for a tele visit when I can see the Dr. for a $15 copay.

  • theliberadicator Jan 20, 2015

    The future of healthcare.

    Thanks to the Liar-n-Chief.

  • Liz CatWrangler Jan 19, 2015
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    Outstanding, will give them a try since the doctors office Ive been going to for 12 years doesn't seem to like my insurance and took someone before me that was scheduled after me. I hope this gives some poorly run offices a run for their money.