Remote Telemedicine is Coming Soon to You
What do you do? Try to find an emergency room? Go back to bed and hope it is a bad dream?
Telemedicine is the next "big thing" that will revolutionize how we practice. We already use remote monitoring to provide expert care in the ICU of hospitals. Rural hospitals use telemedicine for specialty consults and some innovation is happening with home monitoring for patients with chronic diseases like heart failure. Some States are using telemedicine for prison care and to avoid the expense of transporting prisoners to doctors for evaluation. Using telemedicine to save the time and expense of an office visit for problems that do not require an extensive physical exam just makes sense.
Will online care replace the doctors visit? Never. There are some conditions and problems that require face-to-face interaction and physical exam. But telemedicine can provide quick and easy access for some conditions and the ability to monitor patients at home can keep millions out of the hospital.
I for one, embrace the change.