What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the ability to meet with your doctor virtually, using technology similar to Skype or FaceTime. While telemedicine was originally invented to provide medical care to people who live in remote places, today telemedicine provides convenient access to your doctor regardless of your location.
In many situations, your doctor doesn’t need to see you in person, as knowing your medical history is the most important part of many exams. He can talk to you about your symptoms through the program, and in addition to the video link, you can upload pictures for him to examine.
Why would I use telemedicine?
There are many reasons you might choose to use a telemedicine service. For example, if you’re traveling and come down with an illness, you can meet with your doctor virtually to discuss your symptoms and get a prescription and recovery advice.
Alternatively, you might also choose to use a telemedicine service if you can’t secure a babysitter or don’t want to bring your kids to the office with you. Or if you’re working on a weight loss program, telemedicine is a convenient way to check in and catch up on your progress.
Whatever your reason for choosing telemedicine, you can benefit from the convenience this technology provides.
What should I expect from telemedicine?
A telemedicine program is used to provide remote services. You can download the app to your phone, tablet, or computer and you create an account. You use your account to request remote appointments and connect with your doctor.
During your appointment, you video-chat and talk about your symptoms or conditions. You and your doctor can see each other so they can assess your appearance for signs of illness. You can also upload pictures, for example, if you have a rash, for them to review.
If you need a prescription or a referral, your doctor can provide it virtually. Otherwise, they can give you advice on how to manage your symptoms and improve your health.
What are the benefits of telemedicine?
Telemedicine is convenient. You can meet with your doctor from the comfort of your own home and don’t need to spend time in the waiting room. The technology is easy to use and secure to ensure your privacy.