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3 Reasons Telemedicine Is Beneficial For Seniors

Written by S.O.

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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Telemedicine is defined as medical information that can be exchanged from one location to another by electronic communications devices. It can be done via smartphone, email, two-way video, and other wireless tools and technology. This is something that can be of great value to senior citizens,and provide them with a greater quality of life.

This is a technology that can have a profound effect on the lives of senior citizens around the world,especially those who live in remote locations. Here are 3 reasons why seniors should be taking full and complete advantage of it:

•Less wait time for appointments

With telemedicine, senior citizens have access to the health care they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These days, it can take up to several weeks to secure an actual office visit with a doctor meaning more frequent visits to the emergency room or urgent care facilities. The end result – HIGHER medical costs for seniors. With telemedicine, seniors are only a short video conference away from receiving vital medical assistance to being prescribed medicine for the cold or flu.

•Telemedicine gives seniors who are less mobile access to health care

Many seniors can no longer drive and have trouble securing transportation to the doctor’s office. With the help of telemedicine, they will have a virtual visit from their doctor saving them the trouble of making it to the doctor’s office. Everything from routine prescriptions to general checkups can be handled this way. With telemedicine, a senior can consult with a physician in the comfort of their own home, without having to travel. They are then able to avoid the risk of falling and the danger of using public transportation systems.

•Overall improvement of health

Telemedicine is an affordable alternative to a routine office visit. Having quick access to a qualified medical professional makes all of the difference in the quality of life of a senior. It can literally make the difference between life and death.

So, if you are the caregiver or relative of a senior citizen, you owe it to them to find out all you can about telemedicine, and set it up where your loved ones can take advantage of all that it has to offer. They will thank you with a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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