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Everyday Uses Of Telemedicine

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

 

When you think of telemedicine what do you think of? You may conjure images of high-tech hospital machines transmitting information from one healthcare setting to the next, or maybe you picture a telehealth e-consultation? Well, telemedicine is more accessible and extends farther into your daily life than you may think.

Personal Medical Inquiries

If you’ve ever called (or emailed) your doctor to inquire about blood test results, or spoke to a specialist on the phone who is hours away, you have used telemedicine on those occasions. Have you ever called your pharmacist to ask questions about a prescription? Yep, you guessed it! Telemedicine.

Computer Telemedicine Support

People use telemedicine online daily, sometimes without even realizing that is what they are doing. Some examples of day-to-day computer activities that fall under the umbrella of telehealth are:

  • Online support groups – have you ever contacted an online mental health or physical health support group? There are thousands of groups out there that aim to help people communally manage such conditions such arthritis or obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Symptom checker – most of us have, at one point or another, checked a couple maladies on a symptom checker or typed symptoms into the search engine out of curiosity. While this isn’t a good substitute for a doctor’s advice, it can give people some helpful information on conditions as long as they access credible sources.
  • Health forums – many people participate in online health forums to inquire or learn about certain health-related abnormalities or concerns, once again this should not be substituted for medical advice but it is still a form of telehealth and may give you some good suggestions about what to ask your doctor.

Doctor-to-Doctor Communication

Another common form of telemedicine is advice, second opinions or general medicine-related communication between doctors from hospital to hospital, or from a facility to a hospital via phone or email. Similarly, if your doctor calls your specialist to gather information about your latest appointment or calls the pharmacy directly to give instructions on one of your medicines, telemedicine was happening all over that office.

Smartphone Telemedicine

Possibly the most widespread and frequent use of telemedicine in daily life is done on smartphones. People access millions of health and wellness apps daily such as weight loss and calorie counter, exercise, and health input apps daily. You can use phones to make health inquiries, call doctors offices to schedule appointments or track things like blood sugar levels and heartrates. You can also use your smartphone to access DocChat’s revolutionary app which will connect you with a highly qualified DocChat physician within minutes for a telemedicine appointment.

 

 

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