A marriage of old-fashioned house calls and modern technology, telemedicine offers patients and their providers the opportunity to conduct medical care through secure, HIPAA compliant collaborative technologies, rather than in-person. As such, through the use of computers and smart mobile devices, telemedicine is revolutionizing medical care as we know it. For those on the go, infirmed, in remote locations or in need a few minutes for a consult, telemedicine is like a dream come true. How does telemedicine work? It’s much easier than you think, and it could easily change the way you view healthcare and your relationship with your provider.
There’s an Ap for That
You shop online, bank and pay bills online, even stream entire seasons of your favorite TV show online. Not to mention, talk face to face with loved ones a world away. And medicine is no different; your doctor can now use smart technology to consult with patients face to face to diagnose problems, offer consults, do follow-up, and offer urgent care – all in the privacy of your home, office or anywhere in the world. The only things required are a smart device, internet or WiFi connection and a secure, downloaded telemedicine ap.
The benefits of telemedicine are nearly too numerous to count. To start, telemedicine eliminates the need to drive across town to see your doctor or lengthy waits trying to fit in office time. If you are too ill or unable to get to the doctor’s office, telemedicine can eliminate that – perfect for new moms, the infirmed, or those may who live in more remote areas. Telemedicine sessions can be conducted in one’s home, a private space at work, even in one’s car while waiting to pick up the kids after school. So long as you have downloaded the ap and are in a secure space, you are good to go!
Second opinions and doctor-to-doctor collaborations can take time and often are hard to get all the stars in alignment. Not so with telemedicine, where doctors can confer with other medical professionals and specialists across town, or around the word. This bodes well to ensure proper diagnosis and real-time collaboration, and is especially beneficial in that it empowers patients to manage their own chronic conditions.
When it comes to cost-effectiveness, telemedicine fits the bill. Less time is spent away from work, hiring babysitters, or traveling to and from appointments. Plus, most insurance providers charge less for a telemedicine appointment than for a visit to a doctor’s office. As an added bonus, nearly all paperwork – including billing and other medical documentation, often is made available through the medical provider’s secure portal, which makes medical care even more hassle free!
Quality Healthcare That Goes the Distance
In addition to our clinics around the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico, Lynx Healthcare offers therapeutic options for you and your family, together with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, through its HIPAA compliant telemedicine services. If you’re interested in learning more about our many in-house and remote services, give us a call at (509) 591-0070. Alternatively, you can use this convenient online contact form.