Virtual health care grows, but usage is uneven and some patients, physicians are slow to adopt

Three years after Indiana passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for patients without an in-person visit—using a computer, smartphone, video camera and similar technology—some health systems around the state are reporting higher use of virtual visits. St. Vincent, for example, sees hundreds of patients a month remotely for ailments ranging from minor rashes and sprains to follow-up visits for strokes.

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For hospitals, babies are big business

For hospitals, maternity care builds relationships with young families that often last for decades. About 40 percent of women experience their first encounter with hospitals for reproductive services.

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