A hospital in the UK is using Skype for consultations with patients:
A hospital is set to become the first in Europe to tackle waiting times by getting overworked doctors to consult with their patients via Skype.
Managers at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire claim using the online video calling service could reduce outpatient appointments by up to 35 per cent.
They argue that using Skype will help free up consultants' time and car parking spaces – while also helping patients who are unable to take time off work.
If approved, they would become the first UK hospital to use Skype to consult with patients.
The proposals, by Staffordshire's biggest hospital, also include doctors treating patients via email consultations.
Do you think Skype is a good tool for this kind of communication? We have seen lots of expensive telemedicine systems over the years and I have always wondered why doctors don't just use Skype. The medico-legal risks are pretty much the same as far as I can see. What do you think?