PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The future of medicine is on your phone or tablet.

Doctors at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center aren't letting distance get in the way of treating their patients.

[VIDEO: Parkinson's center using technology for patients]

Instead, they are using technology as a treatment tool.

Tele-conferencing with patients who aren't able to make regular visits to the clinic.

Doctor Holly Shill with the center's Legacy Care Program says face-to-face visits are always good, but this provides benefits you can't get in a doctor's office.

"We had a patient where we were just following them along as they were walking through their hallway so I could see how they were moving through their home, a very unique aspect you wouldn't get in a clinic," she said.

She said they were losing a lot of patients as their Parkinson's progressed so this is a good way to keep that connection.

Heidi Goitia is the traffic reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS 5 This Morning weekdays from 4:30-7am.

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