What is Telehealth Medicine?
Telehealth medicine is the use of technology that enables remote healthcare for individuals. Doctors are able to treat patients via computer or telephone. The patient does not have to go into the office unless the doctor thinks it is necessary. This gives the flexibility to be seen on breaks, late at night when going in person is difficult. Or an expert is available in a different location. Bottom line, your care does not have to wait.
When Telehealth is Better than Traditional Care
There are some situations in which telehealth can be better than traditional care:
- Diagnosis of common medical problems such as headache, sore throat, back pain, digestive troubles, etc.
- Inquiries about various medical issues for home treatments
- Post treatment check-ins or follow up for chronic care
- Faster refill of short term medical prescriptions
- Holidays, weekends, late night or any situation when regular medical care is not possible
- Patient inability to leave the house due to sickness or bad weather conditions
- Expanding the circles of care across the globe, ensuring there is always an expert available
This is one of the biggest benefits as it allows for the patient to be diagnosed from the comforts of their own home. They don’t have to travel during inclement weather and it is a way to be seen at any time as long as a doctor is available.
This is a benefit for both the physician and patient. The patient doesn’t lose hours/ pay at work from having to leave for an appointment. The physician doesn’t lose money on cancellations or no shows.
There are some patients who have chronic illnesses that may have them in a traditional doctors office all the time. Renewing prescriptions is as easy as a click of a button. Being able to “see” a doctor or talk to them on the phone, saves travel time and stress.
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