What is Telemedicine?: The New Frontier of Medicine
Online you can meet your future spouse, workout with a personal trainer, get your degree, purchase a pet, order groceries, or even buy an acre of land on the moon.
The world is becoming progressively more internet-centered, and the possibilities of moving more and more interactions and daily activities online are becoming a reality – and yes, this includes your doctor’s appointment to check out that lingering medical issue.
Telemedicine is a relatively new buzzword in the medical arena, but just what does this new realm of medicine entail, and how does it work?
In this article, we will break down the official definition of telemedicine, explain how it works, detail some of the benefits, and show you where you can get started!
The definition of telemedicine is “the diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunication technology.”
This means that there are ways to set up secure and HIPAA-compliant connections and communications between a patient and a doctor, which can end with a diagnosis and prescription treatments for the patient’s condition (if needed).
How Does Telemedicine Work?
Different telemedicine platforms may work a little bit differently, but in general, they will all start with a virtual consultation with you to gather information about your issue, then the doctor will give you their medical opinion or diagnosis, followed by a prescription issued if there is a need for one.
Depending on the telemedicine service, they may also handle the filling and shipping of the medication to your front door for you.
Step 1: The patient goes to StrutYours.com to complete our online consultation form and submits images if required.
Step 2: Patients are connected with a doctor who will review the information and medical history within 24 hours. At this time, the doctor may follow up with additional questions to ensure treatment suitability and craft a customized treatment plan.
Step 3: If a prescription is required and appropriate, the patient’s prescription medication will be filled by a U.S. licensed pharmacy and shipped quickly and discreetly to the patient’s front door.
What is Telemedicine Used For?
While not all conditions and medical situations are currently well suited to move to the online realm, some issues can be easily addressed by having a quick and painless online visit with a doctor.
The most common issues that you will see treated in the telemedicine space are those that can be easily and accurately diagnosed by a few questions and/or images from the patient.
This ensures that the physicians examining the patient and potentially issuing prescriptions are able to give patients thorough and accurate medical attention which is very much in line with an in-person visit.
Conditions that require regular or complicated lab testing, are difficult to diagnose, or involve medications that need frequent dosing adjustments may be seen less commonly in the telemedicine space.