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Is There a Doctor in the Home?

Roy C. Ziegelstein, MD; and Ronald Zaczek
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From Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21224, and Baltimore, MD 21201.

Grant Support: Dr. Ziegelstein is supported by the Miller Family Scholar Program of the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine.

Requests for Single Reprints: Roy C. Ziegelstein, MD, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Ziegelstein: Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Mr. Zaczek: 912 Tyson Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Ann Intern Med. 2009;151(5):361-362. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-151-5-200909010-00015
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I am a cardiologist, and one of my patients sent an e-mail to me and his primary care physician today. That's not all that unusual in this day and age. Patients are increasingly using e-mail to communicate with their doctors, and I receive at least a couple e-mails each week. What was unusual here is that the patient wrote from his hospital room. A man who had coronary artery bypass graft surgery just this past summer was writing on his computer from the room of a hospital just 15 minutes away, having been admitted there with chest pain. He was e-mailing his cardiologist and his primary care physician, making sure they knew what was going on. This was his attempt to find out whether the doctor was home.





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