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Why Telemedicine Is The Future

Written by S.O.

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Slowly, first starting 40 years ago in rural America, telemedicine started changing the way health care is delivered in the United States. Today, with the force of modern technology driving it, telemedicine is quickly changing the way health care is delivered.

Doctors can now text and video message patients who cannot make a visit to their office, due to health conditions, or because they may be thousands of miles away. With today’s high tech smartphones and tablet computers being used for everything from hailing a cab to doing banking, telemedicine is nothing more than a logical extension of that technology.

Why you might ask? It is convenient for both patients and doctors. It helps to lower cost for both parties as well. Now there are apps that can match patients looking for a new doctor in as little as two minutes. This is just the beginning.

Beyond the treatment of common ailments such as the cold and flu, telemedicine will soon evolve to be able to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Many large hospitals today such as the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General are already using telemedicine to treat a variety of patients.

But you can rest assured these hurdles will be overcome. It is all too clear telemedicine is here to stay, and its role is only going to increase. One thing is for certain, where there is a demand, and there is one here for high tech tools to better diagnose health issues remotely, a solution will be developed by bright minds with knowledge in information technology and medicine.

Some tools such as special cameras that can take pictures of ear infections so telemedicine can be used to treat and prescribe drugs to cure them remotely are already here. You can expect more of these sorts of innovations in the very near future. Sign up with DocChat today and see how telemedicine can help you!


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