In the dead of winter, colds are the order of the day. It is common for all of us to go through these viruses at some point each year, which usually do not go further. However, if they are complicated by fever, the situation is different.
In these cases, going to school, university or work can be burdensome, even inadvisable, for healing quickly and well. To do this you have to justify your absence and go to the nearest health centre, where your GP tells you what you can do to improve. Then she gives you the receipt. This reality is one of the various assumptions for which telemedicine serves and is very useful.
Going to the doctor in a virtual way has been possible for a long time in various countries, although most health centres have not yet fully integrated it into their day-to-day life. Of course, from the health sector, they consider that it will not take long and that its use will extend quite a bit in the coming years.
What Does It Consist of and Where is it Applied?
As its name suggests, telemedicine is going to the doctor but without having to step on the physical consultation. This is possible thanks to the Internet contact of doctors and patients.
Its main area of application is family medicine, which represents the majority of consultations in primary care centres. It is estimated that about 70% of these visits can be made by video call.
Although there are also other fields within medicine where it is being used. The most frequent are Dermatology, Radiodiagnosis or Hepatology, which work by reviewing information -like photos- or through a videoconference with patients. But the subjects where it is used varies according to the hospital, as does the way it responds.
At high speed
Regarding private insurance, the procedure is very simple. Within the company app, you have to enter a series of data explaining briefly what happens. In a time of between 10 and 15 minutes, a professional contacts you through a video call. After checking and considering the case, the professional send you the recipe and the receipt by email. In less than half an hour everything.
Insurers already include a telecare service in their policies. They are aware that the formula benefits the patient, but also health professionals.
Comfort, saving time and resources
Among the many advantages of telemedicine, these are some of the main ones. The comfort of seeing and listening to the doctor from your room or wherever you want, through your computer or mobile phone, with the consequent saving in travel and waiting time.
If we take into account that in certain regions health centres or hospitals are far away and that the population in Spain is increasing, we can well understand why this technology can be so beneficial.
If the forecasts continue and develop further, telemedicine – going to the doctor without stepping on the consultation – may be the future of health care. And also, of course, a joy for many.