“According to Fleshman, Andrew Watson, the Chief Medical Director of Telemedicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has this to say: “Telemedicine is moving like lightning. We’re able to do so much more than before.” Susan D. Hall of FierceHealthIT, picked out four reasons why telemedicine will trend in 2015.” …
Telemedicine is about to Explode
You will no longer have to see your doctor for minor ailments
Many consultations can take place over the phone, but it doesn’t stop there. Due to the increasing speed of the internet and the availability of technology doctors can diagnose what is wrong and perscribe for it. All that is needed then is for the perscription to be fulfilled by a pharmist near where the patient is at the time of the consultation. The appointment can be booked for when it is convenient for the patient, who does not have to take time off work to attend.
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In his report, Fleshman noted that Dr. Steve Ommen, the Associate Dean at the Center for Connected Care at the Mayo Clinic expects older patients to be enthusiastic adopters. “The fastest-growing demographic for social media is the 60+ group. They are not technology-averse and they have the greatest mobility challenge in terms of getting to a doctor. A telemedicine solution may be exactly what they need,” Dr. Ommen said.
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What Do Health Care Profession all Say?
Stephanie Ocano of Healthcare Global notes that thanks to new startup programs consumers are already being allowed direct access to doctors through their smartphones Adding that in the future doctors could access them and these apps could be offered through employers or insurance companies to help reduce costs or improve the quality of care.
Many of the existing platforms are very expensive, but not Medicus Global it has been set at a price anyone can afford. Telemedicine also allows individuals to take greater control of their ailments, which is a way for patients to “self-manage” their condition.”
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