Did you know there were 3.5 billion global internet users in the year 2016? That year, 45% of the world’s population accessed the internet. As technology continues to grow and change the way we live our lives, nearly every aspect of business and transacting are fundamentally altered.
Healthcare is no exception to this. People aren’t just scaring themselves with WebMD self-diagnoses anymore, now they can get actual medical advice virtually from a real medical professional. Not only are people working remotely and communicating through their devices, now thanks to developments in telemedicine, more and more people are also realizing the benefits of using digital platforms for healthcare services. Here are just a few of the ways that telemedicine can make life a little easier for you and your busy family:
First, what is Telemedicine?
While telemedicine can take on a few different forms, broadly speaking the term is referring to any type of healthcare communication that does not take place in a face to face interaction. This means that patients and healthcare professionals can communicate at any time online without having to physically meet in person. As you may have guessed by now, telemedicine is an excellent option for those who are too busy to make it out to a physical doctor’s office for an appointment. According to the Urgent Care Association of America’s 2016 Benchmarking Report, 92% of urgent care centers maintained wait times of 30 minutes or less in 2015. While this figure is not too bad, telemedicine can save you even more time by allowing you to wait in the comfort of your own home without having to spend time commuting.
Telemedicine is Great for Minor Problems
Telemedicine, while not always applicable in the case of serious medical issues, can be perfect for less severe problems. In fact, a lot of times it is quite preferable. For example, if you or your child is dealing with symptoms associated with the common cold, then this can be a great way to save time by consulting with telemedicine professionals. Typically, colds can develop anywhere from one to three days after someone comes into contact with the virus. If a doctor can reach this conclusion through a telemedicine platform, then that is often far more preferable than traveling to a medical office to receive the same information you could get almost instantly online. This is ideal for situations that aren’t dire. We’re all guilty of starting a workout without that five to 10-minute warmup we know we should do. Telemedicine is perfect for a minor muscle injury that isn’t crippling but still hurts.
Telemedicine Gives You Greater Control
As a patient, it can sometimes feel as though you have little to no control over your healthcare. When you are treated you can get the impression that you are in complete submission to the doctor’s office you have chosen to visit. Even urgent care facilities — again, over 90% of which boast waits of 30 minutes or less for medical care, can easily become overwhelmed. With telemedicine, you can leverage much more control than walking into an urgent care facility or emergency department not knowing what to expect. For one, many people tend to feel more comfortable having forthright discussions with their doctors in their home environment. This means you are more likely to disclose the kind of accurate information that will lead to a clearer diagnosis and treatment plan. This is incredibly helpful for any kind of patient, especially those who are timid or nervous in a doctor’s office.
While the world of telemedicine continues to grow and develop, it’s good to know that there are more healthcare options becoming available for those who are in a busy family. By making use of telemedicine and other emergent technology, we are moving closer to a world of improved convenience, health, and well being. Get in touch with us today to find out how you can make telemedicine work for you and your busy family.