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Is It Helpful to Go For An Online Doctor Consultation?

Telemedicine services are getting popular among patients and doctors as it not only convenient but also cost-effective for both of them.

Tuesday April 25, 2017,

3 min Read

The answer is an affirmative and emphatic yes; telemedicine offers an excellent solution and alternative to a brick and mortar clinic location to achieve a real-time consultation and obtain advice on treatment options.  According to a global survey conducted by a reputed news site, due to the revolution in technology, 80% of medical health issues can be solved online. This trend of telemedicine & telehealth is rising and getting more popular around the world in both under-served as well as more modern medical university level medical centers. A report also states that more than half the hospitals in America offer telemedical services. It helps them to lower healthcare costs, offer better healthcare services and boost their overall efficiency, revenues and bottom line.  

An online doctor consultation is both convenient and easy to use especially for those who live in remote areas and have busy schedules. By using a video conferencing platform smartphone apps, and online management systems, doctors can connect with patients and diagnose them. It is also an exciting alternative to the commute to a clinic, medical center, hospital or health care facility.

Here are some points that help you to understand the importance of online medical consulting services.

Convenient patient care

Technological upgradation in the healthcare sector allows patients to access healthcare service from any place. There is no need to take time off from your schedules and visit a medical doctor.  Convenience is the key benefit of modern online healthcare services.

Telehealth services are evolving, so even without touching the patient; a doctor can diagnose and prescribe various medications, and advise about different treatment modalities for their patients. The use of different telemedicine tools has increased the credibility of this field.

Increase patient care quality

Patient-centered approaches improve patient care quality. Doctors can address healthcare issues quickly and patients also can learn about suitable treatment options in minutes. A new study shows that telemedicine has reduced hospital admissions due to depression, anxiety, and stress. 

Telemedicine offers patient-centered approaches which improve the timeliness of care. This is critical to quality patient care. Patients can address healthcare issues quickly with real-time urgent care consultations and learn about treatment options within minutes. This obviates the need to go to an Emergency room in many cases.

Wider reach

With the help of advanced telehealth services, doctors can reach out to a wider geographic region. To increase the reach, it is important to engage patients through telemedicine, as it helps them in maintaining appointments and care schedules. You can also build a good rapport by encouraging your patients to adopt healthy lifestyle choices.

Access to specialists

When it comes to serious health issues, you would want to consult with the best specialists. However, you need to invest a lot of time on each visit. Telemedicine technologies not only allow patients to access medical specialists quickly but also access primary care medical doctors as well.  This allows care for a diverse range of health concerns.