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How Patients are Benefitting from Telemedicine

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Telemedicine helps patients receive treatment at the comfort of their home, which reduces the chances of developing an infection in the doctor's office. 

FREMONT, CA: Telemedicine is the practice of providing medical services using digital devices like computers and smartphones. In most cases, video conferencing is used in telemedicine. Some providers prefer to provide treatment through email or phone messages. Many people use telemedicine by combining it with their regular healthcare provider. Others use a telemedicine app to receive virtual treatment.

When is telemedicine useful? 

Telemedicine is appropriate for any condition that does not necessitate laboratory testing or a medical examination. Some types of ongoing treatment, like psychotherapy, may be provided by telemedicine.

Providers may extend the list of conditions they are willing to treat for a patient who lives far away from a medical care facility or a patient who cannot transport themselves when there are barriers to treatment in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, a doctor might use telemedicine to administer antibiotics for a suspected infection.

Benefits for patients

Telemedicine can facilitate the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. It works better when a person seeks medical attention from a professional physician and explains their symptoms in detail.

Some other advantages of telemedicine include:

Lower costs: According to some studies, people who use telemedicine spend less time in the hospital, saving money. Additionally, less travel time may mean lower secondary costs like childcare and gas.

Improved access to care: Telemedicine facilitates access to treatment for people with disabilities. Other individuals, such as older people who are geographically separated or detained, may also benefit from it.

Preventive care: Telemedicine can make it easier for people to get the preventive care that will help them live a healthier life in the long run. It is particularly true for those who cannot receive quality care due to financial or geographic constraints.

Convenience: Telemedicine helps patients to receive medical services in the safety and comfort of their own homes. It can remove the need for a person to take time off work or arrange childcare.

Slowing the spread of infection: Visiting a doctor's office involves being near people who may be ill. It is especially dangerous for people who have chronic illnesses or have weakened immune systems. Telemedicine reduces the possibility of developing an infection at the doctor's office.