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The Convenience Of Telemedicine For Particular Groups

Written by Courteney

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

While telemedicine is a convenient and accessible means of treatment for everyone, it provides a little extra help for certain demographics who have trouble with conventional doctor’s appointments such as the mobility impaired, sick, elderly, immunocompromised or busy families.

Telemedicine For Disabled Patients

It goes without saying that if someone is mobility impaired, it would be so much safer and easier for them to receive treatment without having to arrange transport or undergo the difficult process of getting ready and venturing out just for a prescription or medical advice they could receive from home. Telemedicine enables people in wheelchairs, with canes or with other mobility issues to access most of their care from the comfort and safety of their homes. DocChat can even fax prescriptions and arrange to have them delivered directly to the patient’s home.

Telemedicine For The Elderly

Each year over one third of elderly Americans will suffer a fall. Many of those falls take place outdoors in the winter. Over 2,000,000 of these folks end up needing emergency treatment for subsequent injuries. During the winter months especially, using telemedicine would be safer for elderly people who may also be mobilitiy impaired, instead of heading out on the ice and risking a fall, or exposure to harmful germs in a hospital or doctor’s office setting.

Telemedicine For The Immunocompromised

Over 1,200,000 people contract healthcare-related infections each year in United States hospitals. The numbers on how many people contract infections from waiting in doctor’s offices are unclear, but it is safe to say it definitely happens. This is a risk for anyone, let alone someone who has a chronic condition such as AIDS, severe COPD or cancer and has little immunity against such potential infections. When possible, staying home is always a safer option for immunocompromised people, especially during a flare-up when they are even more vulnerable.

Telemedicine For Busy Parents

There are many reasons for busy parents not to want to cart their young kids around town for health matters that could be handled via telemedicine. Some of these include:

  1. Small children have less built up immunity to many colds, flus and infections
  2. It is difficult to keep children’s hands away from their faces in dirty clinic settings
  3. It has hectic to try to get children dressed, ready and keep them preoccupied while waiting in crowded clinics
  4. Busy parents usually have a million things to do and can’t take a whole day off for an appointment when there are other options.

Telemedicine For Everyone!

So maybe you don’t have a compromising chronic illness, disability, or child to protect – maybe you just want to receive high quality medical care from the comfort of your home. Well you’re in luck, as DocChat does not discriminate on delivery of care based on location, condition, financial standing or any other way. We aim to deliver top-quality, cost efficient care to anyone and everyone who desires or requires it!


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