The phrase “the doctor will now see you” may soon take on a different meaning under a new initiative announced today.

Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth Group and San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems Inc. are partnering to build a telehealth network intended to link doctors and patients when in-person visits are not possible.  The companies says the “Connected Care” program will meld Cisco video conferencing and networking technology with resources from UnitedHealth Group’s national care provider network in order to expand physicians’ reach into rural and retail clinics and even the homes of patients.

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