Acceptance of telemedicine as a truly viable choice for some healthcare issues has been skyrocketing since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the medical issue is not a true emergency, when the condition does not warrant lab tests, or a follow-up consult, etc., people are choosing the convenience of telemedicine. Here are five advantages to consider:
1. Medical attention anywhere, anytime
Patients can access telemedicine at any time and from anywhere in the world. Telemedicine is the smart choice for those in remote areas or for those traveling internationally who require medical assistance.
2. Telemedicine reduces unnecessary visits to emergency services or medical facilities
We’ve all been in this situation: we aren’t feeling 100%, but we realize our condition does not actually warrant a trip to the ER. However, we know we need to speak to a physician. A telemedicine consultation offers the ability to interact with a health professional who can assess your condition, give advice, and even prescribe medications. It’s estimated that in 60% of cases, doctors who treat their patients through telemedicine can solve their health problems.
Telemedicine also frees up the ER so that staff can deal quickly and efficiently with patients who need immediate care.
3. Telemedicine is convenient and saves time
Your telemedicine frees you up from driving to a medical facility and spending hours waiting to be seen.
4. Telemedicine helps reduce risks for patients
Visiting an emergency room or medical facility opens your exposure to contagion from other waiting patients, especially during times of respiratory peaks or viral outbreaks. Using telemedicine from the comfort of your home eliminates this risk.
5. Telemedicine makes it possible for others to be present at the consultation