Winston-Salem, NC - More and more doctors are turning to technology to communicate with patients.
According to the Associated Press, the answer may be no to doctors being technophobes. "There's a stereotype that says doctors shun technology that might threaten patients' privacy and their own pocketbooks," per the AP article.
A new breed of doctors are texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, even identifying medical problems on Facebook pages, according to the AP.
But here in the Triad, one doctor says he's not a technophobe. His office is changing with the times. He has altered some ways they communicate with patients.
Dr. Mark Knudson at Wake Forest Baptist sends emails and text messages to patients which cuts down on doctor visits and saves valuable time.
"In the old days, I would send a letter to a patient, and it might take many days for the patient to get that result. Now, I can send them an email or a message when it's convenient for them," said Dr. Mark Knudson, Wake Forest Baptist Medical.
His patient Pete Santago says it is about time and Knudson has been doing this for years.
"I think it's great. And I'm not a huge tech user, my phone you can talk on. I don't have all this fancy stuff," said Pete Santago.
Most doctors do not charge a fee for emailing back and forth with patients but some doctors do. Santago told us, he wouldn't mind paying for that because it saves him time. And says that's worth the time it saves him.
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