Technology is pushing the way we view healthcare, and while technology is expanding the reach of healthcare to remote areas, it's also changing healthcare in areas that are urban. Telemedicine is on the rise, and it allows patients to receive diagnosis through:
- Text messages
- Video conferencing
- Digital photography
When this happens, a patient is able to receive:
- On-going care
- Specialist referrals
Patients can receive care from hundreds or thousands of miles away, expediting treatment and saving money.
The widespread adoption of the Internet has helped as well as the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015. The Act allows Medicare patients in the United States to receive telehealth care and provides guidelines for remote healthcare.
It's an industry that is on the brink of exploding into a huge, massive market.
But there are also concerns that need to be understood and fully met.
"Another common problem is that patients may receive care from physicians outside of their state who are not licensed to practice in their state. This can expose patients to a considerable risk of personal injury and creates a strong potential for fraud and medical malpractice," claims Cogan & Power, P.C..
Telemedicine has led to the formation of several companies, including:
CareClix is making a huge name for themselves, and the company was named one of the top 25 healthcare technology providers. What's great about CareClix is that the company takes a new approach to a traditional clinic, making clinics available anywhere, anytime.
Virtual clinics can be spun up on the cloud-based platform quickly, and there are even remote monitoring devices that can assist patients.
Exam rooms can be turned into a telemedicine suite, including:
- EKG monitors
- Heart rate monitors
There are 14-approved devices available, and solutions are available for:
- Home care
- Primary care
- Urgent care
The company is even utilizing video conferencing software, via Skype, that allows off-site doctors to examine elementary school students. Even something as simple as a sore throat can now be handled via Skype thanks to CareClix.
Teladoc is helping redefine telemedicine, and the company was one of the first to offer telemedicine in the United States. Businesses and members can apply, and as a member, you have access to board-certified doctors day and night.
You can speak to a doctor, all of which are certified and licensed, through your:
An app is also available. Teladoc changes the way people get healthcare because it takes just 10 minutes, on average, for a doctor to respond. This is rapid care, and it is good care, too. Patients state that 92% of the time, the doctor resolves the issue on the first visit.
Members are satisfied with the results, and with over 20 million people using the service as a member, it's expanding the area of care to millions of patients. There are treatments for everything from pink eye and allergies to acne, moles, warts and even depression and addiction.
Download the app and get started – it doesn't get any easier than that.
ICliniq is trusted by patients in 196 countries. The platform consists of 2,500 doctors that span over 80 specialties, so there is a specialist available at all times to meet your needs. Private and secure, the platform claims it's best for a second opinion or medical advice.
Thousands of people are using the service daily, and millions are using the service worldwide.
Service providers are picked from the top hospitals in the world, and there are doctors that fit into:
- General doctor
And 80+ additional specialties, too. There's a doctor for every need, and all you need is an app or smartphone to get started. You can also sign up for a monthly plan and receive unlimited free queries as a result.
Telemedicine, enabled via the cloud and apps, allows for the healthcare industry to stretch beyond the locality of a doctor's office. Top doctors are now able to treat patients from across the country or the world.
From a reach and impact standpoint, telemedicine is also able to change the lives of those living in poverty or remote areas where being treated by a doctor is either a massive financial strain or impossible.