On a routine visit to my doctor, she mentioned a new interactive system the organization had created for doctor/patient communication. She encouraged me to sign up, citing a few of its benefits including real-time access to recent test results, email correspondence and personal medical history. I gave it a run, and am actually pretty impressed. While I would never want it to replace valuable discussions with my physician, it's a great way to stay in touch and updated in between office visits. Other patients I have spoken to, however, fear that their personal medical information could wind up in the wrong hands and are nervous that their MDs will use the Website in lieu of a personal appointment.
What are your thoughts?