Although telemedicine has been around for a while, it still is an up and coming topic that many patients are just learning about. There are a plethora of chronic illnesses that have been flooding the medical field. With chronic illnesses on the rise, it can leave medical professionals extremely busy and chronically ill patients frustrated. Therefore, telemedicine doesn’t just help the patients, it helps the medical professionals involved with those who are chronically ill as well.
What is a Chronic Illness?
Chronic illness is when someone has a condition that either gradually grows, lasts for at least three months, has flair ups, can’t be cured, etc. In other words, it’s any illness or disease that has long term symptoms. Some of these symptoms come and go, hit without notice, or are constant. This means that there will most likely be a lot of medical visits needed if and when symptoms arise. However, with chronic illnesses, sometimes there isn’t anything that can be done for the symptoms or the answer is simply something that can be bought over the counter, has already been given to the patient in past visits, etc. This means that a visit every time symptoms pop up isn’t necessary when it comes to many chronic illnesses.
How Can Telemedicine Help the Chronically Ill?
Many chronically ill patients deal with symptoms often or have flare ups. This usually ends up in a visit to the hospital or a patient might have questions and setup a normal doctor’s appointment. Of course, as mentioned, these issues they have are usually connected to their illness and there isn’t much that can be done outside of what has already been done. Pain management might be involved, along with other similar options to make the patient comfortable. However, this can be done from home without having to go to the doctor.
Telemedicine provides chronically ill patients a way to quickly get into contact with their physician to see if they need to come in or can take care of the issues from home. Not only does this save the patient a lot of time and hassle, it also saves the physician time as well, and gives them a way to better help their patients. Not to mention, this is a wonderful way for patients to save money and to find an answer much quicker rather than having to suffer through until they can get an answer while waiting at the doctor’s office. A physician can quickly answer a patient and get them the help and answers they need, quickly and efficiently which is a plus for both patient and physician.