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Should Your Docs Be Making House Calls?

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, February 14, 2014

Kinney's virtual office is minimalist, but incorporates an electronic medical record system as well as several time-saving tools, such as temporal artery thermometers and pulse oximiters for oxygen saturation. He also does Skype calls on some patients. He keeps patient charts on his home computer and links it with an IPad with keyboard to see patients.

"I can do this all mobile and it works pretty well," he says. "It's really logical and all the charts are in front of me."

He says that thanks to his technological helpers, he can do almost everything at a patient's home that he could in the office.

Limitations Are Minor
"I can't do GYN in house calls and I can't do a 12-lead EKG right now, but that's about it," he says. "I'm sort of nurse and doctor. Blood work is an issue, but I have a phlebotomist who comes to the patient's home who will do labs. I am also limited with urine cultures."

Still, those are minor issues, for the most part, and he thinks that they will be surmounted by technology in time.

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