The impact of telemedicine on your healthcare practice is a question that is being explored by many doctors. In order to provide the best possible care for patients, many doctors have made the switch from the traditional doctor-patient model and are now using telemedicine as a way to collaborate with their patients. This has given them access to a whole new clientele who live in other states or even different countries, while providing the doctor with the ability to diagnose and treat patients who can’t be right there in the clinic or hospital. Telemedicine is not only saving the physician time and travel costs, but it is also helping to increase the amount of safety that is provided to patients, as well as providing greater access to the newest medical advancements.
Doctors who use this type of technology need to look at the patient as a medical record, much like a medical record kept on an electronic file. With electronic patient records, doctors can look at the records remotely, which can allow them to look up past medical history and perform preventive care, while also allowing them to know the medical history of a specific patient and learn if a patient is taking any medications or under any type of medical therapy. In addition, doctors will have the ability to look up the condition and history of a patient in real-time, as opposed to simply listening to a description of the symptoms and a brief overview of what is going on. This is particularly beneficial when the patient has a health emergency or there is something serious that needs to be dealt with immediately, as the doctor will not have to spend time looking for a pharmacy and wait until the emergency is over to discuss things with the patient.