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Is Telemedicine an Effective Option to Handle Medical Emergencies?

Amidst the discussion on safety, risks and legal implications of remotely exercised medicines, the recent study shows that the use of telemedicine is rising since the past few years. The remarkable growth has been witnessed particularly between 2010 and 2015, however experts say that the ratio of using telemedicine for various disorders is still extremely low. These surveys and studies that are carried out by various research organizations have opened a much wider discussion whether telemedicine provides authentic results.

Telemedicine- A customized medical service

If we go back in the history we will understand that what we call as telemedicine these days was started way back in 1950 when few medical centers in universities along with some hospitals in Pennsylvania have started transmitting radiologic images over the phone. Previously telemedicine was used to connect with a specialist who was generally on a different location, while the patient was somewhere else. However, according to the research, today telemedicine offers a host of benefits to the patients. Right from saving the time and money of traveling to the hospital to avoidance of exposer to other potentially contagious patients.

Just like any other services, you can choose your doctor, a preferable time when you want to talk to a doctor either connecting through audio or video, the suitable treatment plan and follow-up visits without an in-person meeting.

The absence of a face-to-face relationship

If you are among the people who prefer to meet a doctor in person then telemedicine might not be the right option for you. Telemedicine can offer you many treatments but the bond that you create with doctors every time you meet will be absent. Doctors do not just treat you physically but they play a major role in building your mental strength. However, telemedicine may never give you an opportunity to personally meet your doctor. Doctors, on the other hand also prefer simple check-ups rather than lengthy procedures, which are performed digitally.

Telemedicine- Not a good option for emergencies

Some of the (Service d’Aide Medicale d’Urgence (SAMU) regulator doctors in Brazil, France, Chile, and Spain perform common emergencies on daily basis with the help of telemedicine. In Toulouse, Paris, and Lisbon SAMU centers also perform maritime and aircraft emergencies. However, no reimbursement policy and lack of acceptance by some insurance companies and government payers are creating a major financial barrier in the growth of telemedicine. Some physicians are habitual of clinical standards, which create cultural barriers for the treatment through telemedicine.

What is the future of telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a billion dollars industry and is expected to grow further in the years to come. Although it has several limitations, yet healthcare providers have started using innovative methods to solve the issues and improve access of patients’ to quality care. Telemedicine is the only option for healthcare provision in the remote areas of developing countries and it is expected to create a positive impact on the entire healthcare industry.   

Blog Author

Priyanka Deshpande
October 3, 2019

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