Telemedicine was conceptualized to treat patients who were located in remote places with no or less local health facilities. Telemedicine also caters to the shortage of medical professionals in these remote places or expert doctors on rare medical conditions not easily available in developing countries.
Today, telemedicine or teleconsultation is a tool for convenient medical care for cases where there is urgency or in severe conditions where there is a need for a second opinion. Patients no longer want to waste time in the waiting room where there could be the possibility of deadly infections.
The unavailability of overburdened doctors, combined with the expectation for convenient care has lead to the growth of telemedicine companies.
With each passing day, there is a new improvement in technology, especially in healthcare. Doctors have been leveraging these technologies for the betterment of their patients, and now even you can. With just a few clicks, now you can avail top-notch expert advertise from across the globe sitting at the convenience of your couch. You can share medical documents, case histories, and even download e-prescriptions.
Telemedicine is the amalgamation of technologies like software development, communication, and networking technologies to allow interaction between patients and healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients using video consultation. In the last decade, the approach has been through a striking evolution.
Telemedicine is expected to be a booming business opportunity by 2025 with a total revenue growth exceeding $64.1 billion in the US market. Moreover, the global market is expected to surpass $130.5 billion. The growth projection of telemedicine from 2017 to 2023 is estimated at a CAGR of 16.8%.
The need for telemedicine in developing countries is more than in developed countries with applications that help in many situations. For example, when there is a shortage of doctors in comparison to the population when specialized doctors aren’t available or when patients belong to rural areas with poor healthcare infrastructure. For successful telemedicine applications in developing countries, organizational, social, and technical aspects need to be considered.
CareEver has been effective in providing telemedicine consultation to patients across the globe for a while now. With over 30 specialties and 200 subspecialties, CareEver ensures that the doctors are patient-friendly and caring. CareEver provides a platform wherein patients and doctors come face to face over a secured platform over an app or a website www.mycareever.com.
How does telemedicine work?
Depending on what is being offered by telemedicine companies you can avail of teleconsulting services in various ways.
Through a portal: In this case, patients are provided secured login with a username and password and the portal allows you to send and receive emails from your doctor, exchange medical documents and prescriptions, and set up an appointment. Doctors can share your X-rays, imagining, and lab test results and interpret them for you. This system is often faster than teleconsultation over a phone.
Virtual appointments: Using specialized apps to book doctors’ appointments and get the advice of video conferencing, exchanging medical documents and reports, etc.
Advantages of telemedicine
Convenience and comfort
Telemedicine or teleconsultation is very convenient as you don’t have to drive to your doctor’s clinic, there is no waiting, no parking woes, no chance of getting infected, and no need to move out when you are sick. It allows you to be at the comfort of your home in your pajamas and still getting the needed expert opinion over video consultation. With telemedicine, you do not have to leave your work midway or your kid at home to rush to your doctor.
Cost-effective: Telemedicine is cost-effective in comparison to a doctor’s visit. Although the concept of cost-effectiveness would be different in different countries an average cost comparison would be similar to the following example. While a telemedicine consultation may cost anything between $50 to$79 compared to a physical visit to a doctor at about $150, according to a study.
- Control of infectious diseases
In our current situation when we are undergoing a pandemic situation like Covid-19 telemedicine consultation is of utmost importance. It saves both patients and healthy people from spreading the disease further. Also in situations where patients face flu and other infectious diseases doctors can use telehealth appointments to prescreen patients for possible infectious disease.
- Better Assessment
Telemedicine helps you get to consult seasoned practitioners in your home environment so patients allergic to certain conditions or patients with infectious diseases do not have to make themselves vulnerable. Patients with severe conditions like Alzheimer’s or any neurological condition can also easily access a doctor from the comfort of their home. It is also a better way to receive mental health assessments and counseling.
Reach: With the penetration of information technology combines with the access of high-quality broadband internet services to far off places has improved upon the access of high-quality expert advice at the click of a button. Today, over video consultation patients in far-off remote villages in developing countries like Armenia, Afganistan, Brazil or Tanzania can easily access doctors for a second opinion on rare or severe medical conditions, not otherwise available even at a cost.
With the advancement in information and communication technology, telemedicine appears to be an attractive concept. With easy accessibility and cost-effectiveness, teleconsultation has reduced the hiatus between the demand and supply of health care services.