Telemedicine: How Can it Help?

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Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications to provide clinical health care from a distance. It allows for communication between patient and medical staff to be held on a confidential, convenient platform. Perhaps your employer or you organization recently acquired Telemedicine, but you don’t really know what it’s all about.

We’ve put together a list of benefits and the situations you might find yourself in when you need Telemedicine.

The Benefits

Telemedicine is paving the way for doctors to reach patients no matter the location. Doctors now have the ability to reach patients by phone, email, text message, and even FaceTiming. But Telemedicine isn’t just for the health care professionals anymore.

Patients using new devices that connect information on blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs never have to leave the comfort of their own home. This technology also offers the ability for patients to call in with symptoms or questions to their primary physician so there is no missed time at the office.

The Situation

So when is using telemedicine right for you?

  • Telemedicine is not for medical emergencies. If you think you are having a medical emergency, go to the hospital or call 9-1-1
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of a cold, allergies, or similar level of discomfort
  • If you have a question about prescribed medication or that medication’s side effects
  • If you have a question about a diagnosis
  • If you have questions about a recent medical procedure

At half the rate and length of a normal doctors visit, Telemedicine is an attractive resource for employers and employees. The future of telemedicine is expected to continue expanding with providers and patients alike.

Sources: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-telemedicine-is-transforming-health-care-1466993402