The concept of telemedicine may sound new to you, but it has actually been around for a few years now. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication in making doctors’ services more accessible to patients.
Most hospitals are excited about the prospect of telemedicine and utilizing telemed software. Here are four reasons why:
Goodbye to missed appointments
With telemedicine, the doctor and the patient are no longer required to be in the same room to have an appointment. Because telemedicine allows long-distance communication, you can now consult your doctor through the phone or computer.
Appointments after working hours
Another benefit is that you don’t have to be worried anymore if your hours at work might interfere with your visit to the doctor. With the ability to have appointments online via this software, you and your doctor are no longer bound to the normal 9-to-5 schedule.
Health needs delivered to your door
You can also arrange for prescriptions to be delivered to your home, thanks to telemedicine. This is in particular to birth control needs, which you can order online. There’s a cost, but you can pay less if you have insurance.
Slashed travel costs
Telemedicine is a welcome change for rural areas where the nearest hospital is distant. This is because patients who seek appointments wouldn’t have to travel far just to meet with their doctor.
With all these wonderful changes, it’s still important to note that telemedicine is designed to be more of a cost-effective alternative and that patients should also still maintain relationships with primary care providers in their areas. It cannot be denied though that telemed is doing wonderful things to the healthcare system.