Some people visit a medical center in person to discuss any problems they may have. Others do so because they’d like some advice, such as for family planning. It’s no secret that doctors feel somewhat overstretched. After all, they have to see scores of patients each day. And some need longer consultations than others.
There is growing support for doctors to spend less time treating patients in person. Rather, they should be dealing with each patient over the Internet. If you think about it, the idea makes perfect sense quite often. Here’s why:
Many patients can treat themselves
One of the biggest reasons patients visit doctors is down to cold or influenza symptoms. Doctors will tell those patients to treat themselves using “over the counter” medicine.
That approach frees up doctors to deal with other patients in person. For example, those that need a medical examination.
It’s more convenient for patients
People don’t like going to see their doctor if they can help it. But, imagine if they can talk to someone over the Internet? These days, it’s cheap and easy to make video calls to others. And it’s that type of technology that telemedicine promotes.
It’s a cost-effective solution for doctors
There’s no denying that treating patients online is cheaper than in person. Often, people want advice on something. What about those that exhibit symptoms of a medical problem? For the most part, they can get diagnosed over a video link too.
Take a look at this infographic to learn more about the cost savings to doctors:
Infographic Produced By telemedicine solutions