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Telemedicine – A Convenient HealthCare Choice for Winter Problems

Of all seasons, the convenience of telemedicine shines brightest in the winter. Who wants to venture out in the snowy cold to deal with a day of doctor’s appointments or ER waiting rooms when you can see a telemedicine doctor in under 15 minutes? There is no reason to risk a slip-and-fall on the way to the doctor if you can see one from the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at some common winter health issues that can easily be treated by telemedicine:

  1. Skin problems – The cold dry air of winter can exacerbate many skin conditions such as eczema and xerosis (extremely dry skin). Sometimes a prescription cream such as a topical corticosteroid is necessary to help winter-related skin flares, but why spend a whole day dealing with a doctor’s appointment or walk-in clinic in the cold when there is another option? You can be connected with a board-certified doctor in minutes who can take a look at your skin via video or photos and prescribe the exact cream you need in minutes flat.
  2. Colds and Respiratory infections – Cold and flu season brings with it more cold germs and infectious bacteria than any other time of year. Do you find you can’t shake the sniffles or worried you may have a sinus infection? Telemedicine can help! Our doctors are emergency experienced and ready to help with any of your sniffling, coughing and sneezing needs!
  3. Too-cold extremities – Do your hands or feet change color in winter and refuse to warm up? You may have Raynaud’s (or another circulation problem), so why not have a telemedicine doc take a look at your skin and deliver a diagnosis along with any necessary treatment? Or, has your skin looked different since you stayed out in the cold too long? If you’re worried you may have gotten a little frostnip (the first stage of frostbite), and want a doctor’s opinion, there’s no quicker or more opportune way to get it than via telemedicine.
  4. Sore throats – If you’ve had a sore throat for a few days and want to make sure you don’t have strep throat or another type of contagious illness, give telemedicine a try. Board certified doctors will look at your photos and look at your throat via high-definition video technology to determine whether you need prescription treatment or not.
  5. Arthritis flares – For reasons not completely explained by medical science, many arthritis sufferers experience flare-ups in the cold winter months. If you’re one of these people, avoid venturing out on the dangerous ice where you could slip and hurt yourself further. Telemedicine doctors can help with chronic condition management, so give it a try today!
  6. Chronic respiratory condition flares – if you have COPD or asthma, you probably find the winter cold to be extremely hard on the lungs. If so, your symptoms likely increase in the winter. Telemedicine doctors can assess your condition and alter your prescription treatment as necessary to help you get through the winter a little easier.

Are you convinced? Give telemedicine a try today! Thanks for visiting DocChat, we hope you’ll return again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Ways Telemedicine Helps Lower Healthcare Costs

 

  1. Telemedicine Can Help Prevent ER Congestion:

    The CDC estimates over 136.6 million emergency room visits take place annually across the United States. This results in billions upon billions of dollars in medical costs, the majority of which can be circumvented by people utilizing telemedicine as a triage system before running to the ER. Telemedicine can handle up to 78% of medical complaints that are usually handled by primary care physicians or the emergency department. If people with less severe cases such as a cold or minor infection would utilize services like DocChat, it could free the overburdened emergency doctors and nurses to treat serious emergency cases.

  1. Reduce Hospital Readmissions:

    The healthcare system is burdened by a whopping $16 billion a year from hospital readmissions for follow up issues or questions after a patient has been discharged. Telemedicine can change this, as companies like DocChat can act as the perfect triage system for these cases. Patients can connect electronically with board certified physicians to ask follow up questions or have complications treated, and if their concerns fall into the 22% category of complaints that cannot be handled via telemedicine, the attending physician will recommend hospital readmission. DocChat also has unlimited 7-day follow-up after video conferences which is helpful for addressing post-appointment concerns.

  2. Managing Chronic Conditions More Efficiently:

    We can’t speak for all telemedicine companies, but DocChat has proven excellent at handling chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma and arthritis, just to name a few. Utilising telemedicine for chronic condition management can greatly decrease healthcare costs and readmission rates, as well as the stress of booking, taking time off work for and waiting for appointments. Asthma alone accounts for at least 1.8 emergency department visits annually, some of which could potentially be handled via telemedicine. If people with chronic conditions availed of telemedicine services, it could save time, worry, stress and money, as well as saving the healthcare system money and valuable resources.

     

  3. Reduced Travel Costs of Rural Patients:

    As any rural patient will tell you, doctor visits and emergency department trips really start adding up if you don’t live near a medical center. Rural patients can save thousands of dollars a year on transport and hotel stays if they utilized telemedicine.


  1. Ambulatory Monitoring Reduces Inpatient Stays:

    Inpatient stays cost the healthcare system astronomical amounts annually. Remote and ambulatory monitoring of vital signs, weight, sugars and other symptoms of people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or stroke history can replace the need for many patients to have to stay in hospitals for months while their condition is being monitored and stabilized. The technology exists now to do much of this from home. According to Healthcare IT News, ambulatory monitoring can help detect body fluid changes in cardiovascular disease patients which can predict cardiac arrest or heart episodes and send the patient to the hospital before these devastating complications occur. This allows the patients to be in the comfort of their own home until their needs change and they need more stringent care.

     

  2. Telemedicine Care Saves Facilities Money:

    The implementation of telemedicine in such facilities as nursing homes and penitentiaries can save millions to billions of dollars in healthcare and Medicare costs annually. By utilizing telemedicine, these facilities save on personnel used for transporting patients, unnecessary hospital costs, and so on. DocChat got its start collaborating with nursing homes and has had much success in this sector (check out our article on DocChat and nursing homes).