It's no big secret that we as a collective society are busier than ever. We're trying to do more with the same amount of time, or in some instances even less time. But while there are certainly some corners that can be cut or at least trimmed, some things refuse to budge or be trimmed. One of those is health care. Even as we discover and advance in medical technology every single day, health care is still a very important component of overall health.
But in the interest of saving time as well as money, more and more physicians as well as patients are turning to telemedicine as a viable solution. Telemedicine enables doctors to provide basic consults and advice over the phone or online to their patients; and if there is video conference technology available, diagnoses of physical ailments may be made; and appropriate prescriptions can be called into or faxed to the patient's pharmacy.
From a patient's point of view, telemedicine saves time driving to and from the doctor's office and waiting in the waiting room, and money is saved on the cost of transportation and perhaps even associated insurance costs with the visit.
And from a physician's point of view, telemedicine and its phyiscian's benefits make perfect sense: more time, less paperwork, and equally satisfied patients.