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What Is Telemedicine?

Do you remember a time before every other person on the street had a smartphone when everyone’s home internet connection was dial-up, and the word “tablet” referred to a pill or what Moses brought down from the mountain?

The technology boom that made the internet readily available to billions of people actually happened relatively recently, and this technology boom has spread to practically every aspect of our lives – including the way we find and receive medical care.

One of the latest and most efficient ways in which technology is helping people get quality health care is through telemedicine.

How Does Telemedicine Work?

Telemedicine is medical service that is being provided through technological devices, such as computers or mobile devices. Through videoconferencing and collaborative technology that can connect doctors, patient profiles, and laboratory test and examination results, doctors are now able to analyze patients’ conditions and prescribe treatment options without having to see the patients in their practice.

For example, let’s say you have back pain or need medication advice. If you are a patient of a medical center that offers telemedicine, you simply make a teleconference appointment with your doctor and speak to them through videoconferencing – which is done easily via a smartphone or a computer that has a camera and microphone.

If you need to get tests or examinations done, you simply go to a local laboratory or clinic. Once it’s done, the results will be accessible to your entire medical team.

Medical centers that offer telemedicine to patients use technology to create collaborative work environments for their physicians. The physicians have access to patient profiles and can see patients’ comprehensive medical care histories.

Telemedicine therefore allows for seamless transfer of information between physicians. For example, if you are having a telemedicine appointment with an endocrinologist, your primary care physician can share your recent blood-test results with the endocrinologist via the internet. This results in quicker and more cost-efficient medical care.

Benefits of Telemedicine to Patients

Imagine getting medical care and prescriptions while sitting in the comfort of your own home. Telemedicine offers the benefits of a medical office visit without having to physically travel to the doctor’s office, including the following benefits:

EARLY DIAGNOSIS

One of the most important benefits of telemedicine is its ability to connect you to doctors and specialists all over the country. Let’s say there aren’t many physicians that specialize in your condition near you. You may be able to avoid physically going to see a specialist because of the hassle of traveling very far to see one. If this isn’t available, it could cause delays in diagnosis and, in many cases, make the condition worse than it would be if you were able to get diagnosed and treated sooner.

TIME SAVINGS

Let’s say you have to travel far to see a specialist. Every appointment will require you to take significant time off work and spend several hours traveling to and from the appointment.

The telemedicine option is a very efficient way to get medical care in today’s technologically advanced world. Telemedicine helps us take care of a variety of medical care issues as efficiently as possible, because it saves a tremendous amount of time for patients and physicians.

FINANCIAL SAVINGS

Telemedicine is also cost-efficient for patients. It requires patients to take less time off work and less time to travel to appointments, thereby saving lost income and saving on fuel expenses.

This is cost-efficient for patients who require medical care from physicians who are located far from them. Instead of having to travel to another state for medical care that is not available in your local area, you can simply see specialists hundreds of miles away through video conferencing.

Family Doctors in Washington and Oregon

No matter what condition you have, a reputable medical team by your side can make the path to healing a more pleasant experience. Lynx Healthcare uses the latest technologies available in modern medicine to offer optimum service to patients.

We have doctors and specialists in a variety of fields, including everything from family medicine to interventional pain medicine, allergies and immunology, regenerative medicine, chiropractic and massage therapy, and much more.

To make an appointment at one of the Lynx Healthcare clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Goldendale, call us at (509) 591-0070. To make an appointment at our Spokane clinic, call (509) 321-4575. We look forward to taking care of you and helping you stay well.

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