Telemedicine is the remote delivery of real-time healthcare services to patients using information and/or telecommunications technology. It allows a patient to receive medical care at home, workplace or virtually anywhere with good internet connectivity using state-of-the-art video-conferencing tools, audio communication, or text messaging.
On your smartphone, tablet or computer:
A Telemedicine consultation typically involves a real-time audiovisual communication with your doctor. Your doctor will provide clinical care and services such as evaluation, diagnosis, treatment plan, and monitoring from a remote location and advise you on how to better manage your condition. Your doctor may also prescribe certain diagnostic tests or medications, refill prescriptions, schedule a follow-up appointment, or instruct you to visit a specialized hospital depending on your condition.
You can utilize telemedicine services for:
Telemedicine has several advantages for both patients and healthcare providers such as:
Telemedicine is proving to be necessary with the advent of the pandemic leading to individual self-quarantining and extensive lockdowns of geographical areas, making access to medical facilities difficult.
Telemedicine can act as the first line of defence, helping to curb self-medication and reduce overcrowding at hospitals and clinics. It can also help provide medical attention and solve critical health issues while avoiding person to person contact, without possibly exposing them to contagious diseases.
Disclaimer: Telemedicine is not appropriate for emergency situations. In the event of a health emergency, please contact your local emergency services.