E-Mail Your Doctor

Frustrated by phone tag? Join the growing ranks of doctors and patients talking through the Net

Playing telephone tag with your doctor is one of the most common--and frustrating--rituals of modern medicine. You phone...can't get past the receptionist...leave a message. Your doctor calls back while you're in a meeting...leaves a message. The amount of time wasted on both sides turns everybody sour. But a growing number of physicians are prescribing a dose of e-mail as the antidote.

There are still a few bugs to work out, of course, which is why e-mail has not replaced the pager in most doctors' offices. But enough physicians have added regular stints at the PC to their office routine that at...

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