Telemedicine has been a practice used by professional healthcare providers for the past forty years to provide treatment, medical advice, and diagnoses to patients in distant or remote locations. With over 3,500 service sites and close to a million Americans using remote cardiac monitors, telemedicine services are a convenient technology with safe and proven results.
But just because telemedicine has been around for a long while does not mean it is not changing. With the advent of technologies such as VideoMedicine, not only does nearly every American have a cellphone in their pocket, they also have a doctor in their pocket! Infant, top-tier healthcare treatment is within reach of your closest mobile device. Telemedicine has dramatically changed the way doctors can interact with patients in recent years, thus making care more accessible, affordable, and even more fun.
For example, most mobile devices and tablets now boast downloadable telehealth apps which can connect you to one of many licensed online doctors or psychologists in real time. In the past, certain forms of telemedicine required that patients go to designated sites across the country to consult with a physician virtually. But with today’s technologies, it is possible to connect with a doctor from the comfort of your own home or anywhere in the world with a strong cellular/wi-fi connection. ￼
The benefits of telemedicine communications significantly decrease the overall cost of healthcare, not only to individuals but to companies providing healthcare to employees. Also, a patient does not have to commute to see a general practitioner for a common malady such as a sore throat, just to be referred to a specialist. Imagine having no traveling costs at all, and no worry of having to drive yourself to the doctor when no one else is available to help you.
Smartphones are also offering certain technologies to help stroke victims by implementing teleradiology applications. A new study by the Mayo Clinic affirms the use of a smartphone’s medical images to properly assess stroke patients in secluded areas. These types of apps allow doctors to view scans of a stroke victim’s brain in 2D and 3D formats, on the go, with the push of a few buttons. This level of technology allows for a more accurate and precise prognosis of the initial stroke, as well as guidance to help prevent strokes from recurring in the future.
More and more people worldwide are demanding proper healthcare for themselves and their loved ones. To have the ease of access to an online doctor at your fingertips is crucial to this demand. Not only do telemedicine services benefit the patient, but a doctor’s busy schedule benefits as well. How quickly the clipboard turns into a tablet, and the medical practitioner turns into a virtual healer. To say that telemedicine is the future of healthcare is a vast understatement. The appropriate statement is that telemedicine is the future of healing.
***Video by: LearnTelehealth.org