Your next doctor visit could be in your home, but not as a traditional house call.
Instead of going into a medical office, a Cleveland Clinic program lets patients schedule a "virtual visit" with a doctor using a tablet, smartphone, or desktop.
"What we're really driving at is access to health care anywhere, anytime," Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove told CNBC's "On the Money."
Last year, the Cleveland Clinic said 4,200 virtual visits or online consultations were completed. Cosgrove, who first joined the institution as a heart surgeon in 1975, predicted to CNBC that would be just the beginning.
"I think this is what's going to happen in many, many areas," Cosgrove told CNBC, adding that mobile appointments are "more efficient for caregivers" and patients alike.
"Clearly, it saves you from going to the doctor's, parking your car, going into the waiting room, waiting and then repeating the process," he said. Cosgrove added that users "can do it from any location…and it is an opportunity to expand the scope of care to remote areas."