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Real Time, Face-to-Face Doctor Visits Now Available Online

Saturday, May 24, 2008 General News J E 4
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MIAMI, May 23 MDWebLive.com, offering live video medicalconsultations via webcam between patients and board-certified doctors frommultiple specialties has been launched in Miami by AmeriGroup Holdings, Inc.

The service allows patients the opportunity to interact with their doctorsfrom home, office, hotel or anywhere else in the world.

At $40 per visit, an online doctor's visit represents a significantdecrease in the cost of routine medical care. Sessions are recorded allowingphysicians to review patient interactions, verify medical information andprovide the basis for re-examination of diagnosis.

The site stores patients' medical records, sends prescriptions digitallyto reduce handwriting error and coordinates lab work through Quest Diagnosticswhere all results are appended to your records.

MedMarket Diligence, the leading telehealth research firm, estimated thatin 2003, there were 169 million telemedicine care visits that resulted inpayments of $6.28 billion. The report adds that as the U.S. population ages,and pressures of medical care costs containment increase, home care willbecome more important. Because home telemedicine care has proven it canincrease the number of patients seen by a healthcare provider by as much asfour times, it becomes a more attractive alternative to traditional visits.

MDWebLive.com is owned and operated by Amerigroup Holdings, Inc., aFlorida Corporation. For more information, visit www.mdweblive.com.MDWebLive.com: -- Is intended for use with non-urgent healthcare related matters such as mild infections, hypertension, thyroid conditions, HIV counseling, men's and women's health issues to name a few. -- Allows for follow-up visits and second opinions. -- Facilitates after-hours or on-call medical consultations -- Provides for the delivery of health services for persons while traveling or living in remote areas, -- Acts as an alternative to office visits when a patient's own primary care physician is not available or when there are constraints preventing these visits -- Avoids the time and expense of traveling to visit their doctors as well as the potential exposure to the illnesses of others present in doctor's waiting rooms.

SOURCE MDWebLive.com
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