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The Immense Convenience of Telemedicine

Beginning as a way to access patients located remotely, telemedicine has a history stretching back more than a half-century. It’s grown into a multifaceted and complex system that connects hospitals, doctors’ offices and patients, wherever they may be.  

The technology explosion created huge opportunities for expansion of the broader telehealth field, as well as bringing telemedicine down to a practical, local level, expanding care options for patients, and expanding physicians’ capabilities. Since so much of the population is already experienced and comfortable with videoconferencing apps such as Skype and Facetime, there’s greater patient acceptance of the idea of the videoconferenced doctor’s exam.

The field isn’t without challenges, however, particularly in the areas of patient privacy and data safety, though there are robust protocols and standards in place for telemedicine services. The benefits of convenience and accessibility make telemedicine an exciting development on the healthcare horizon.

Telemedicine privacy and security

While you may understand how video calling works, telemedicine has a big difference. Rather than being used over common videoconferencing apps, proper telemedicine services in the United States require special software that meets provisions made in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

This law created standards for patients’ privacy and the security of medical records at a federal level, providing more access and control for a patient and how their information is disclosed. HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing apps keep your telemedicine sessions secure, and data sharing occurs only with your awareness and approval.

Services provided through telemedicine

As an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist, Allergy Relief Clinics is a natural place to offer telemedicine services. While potential medical applications are widespread, asthma and allergies are two primary care conditions that are often easy to support through telemedicine services, particularly when a patient already has an established relationship with me.

For example, there’s no need for an office visit if we can discuss any reaction you have to a medication. Through a telemedicine session, I could adjust your dosage based on information shared in a video call. Follow-up becomes easy, quick, and convenient for both me and you.

There’s no need to take time out of your day for routine visits, and I can quickly establish whether an in-person session is necessary. Consider the number of patients I could treat via telemedicine in the same amount of time as a typical office visit. Add to that the time you save in travel and waiting, and you’ll see the huge potential for telemedicine services.

Convenient consultancy

Another big draw on your time is running from place to place for referrals, tests, and other appointments connected with your medical conditions. While not all of these can be replaced by telemedicine, some can, with direct, point-to-point contact between health care providers and facilities.

With the speed at which technology moves, however, look for the limits of telemedicine being pushed back even further. For instance, diabetic patients already use glucose meters that uplink their test data to their primary care physician via online sites. Remote monitoring of vital signs and other easy-to-access home tests provide promise of effective and efficient health services.

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