You can use Skype and similar services to visit with friends and family who live around the globe. You can even use the technology to visit the doctor. The best part is your insurance company might actually pay for it. The largest insurer in the country is on board with the idea and others could follow suit.
UnitedHealthcare has partnered with three telemedicine groups to give customers the opportunity to visit doctors over video chat. The companies working with UnitedHealthcare are NowClinic, Doctor on Demand and American Well.
According to Peter Mueller, a healthcare industry analyst at Forrester, United’s embrace of doctor visits by video is a major step for the healthcare industry. “There are a lot of pros to telemedicine,” he says. “Convenience is one. Access is another. Then there’s the immediacy of it, too.”