A new study is quelling any fears that online interaction with doctors -- whether it involves the ability to look up test results online, ask doctors question via email, or otherwise -- means the demise of face-to-face patient-doctor interaction.

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that people who are able to access their medical information online and communicate with their doctors via email are more likely to also visit their doctors and talk to them on the phone.

Researchers from the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado looked specifically at how much the adults used theMy Health Manager system, which is a platform where users can access their health information online.

Usage of My Health Manager increased from 2007 to 2009, from about 25 percent to 54 percent, at which point there were 375,620 people were taking advantage of the online patient services, researchers found.  They also found that people who used it were more likely to go in to visit the doctor's office, have phone conversations with their doctors, visit after-hours clinics, visit the emergency department and go to the hospital.

Source on online medical information: HuffingtonPost.com.