With the wonderful advances of technology, patients can easily receive medication and have their medical questions and concerns answered by a professional … without even living in the same state. In fact, in 2016, 61% of healthcare institutions and 50% of hospitals in the United States used telemedicine as a way to improve patient care and cut down on healthcare costs.
But it leaves many people wondering: is it safe? And, what are the benefits of using telemedicine instead of going to the doctor’s office or hospital?
What Is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is used to treat, diagnose, and administer medication either over the phone or the internet and has become increasingly popular over the last decade. It actually successfully began in the 1950s in Pennsylvania when two health care centers were able to transmit images over the phone. Of course, it’s been a lot easier in this day and age with fast internet services, smartphones, and high-quality images and videos.
Why Use Telemedicine Services?
There are many reasons one may choose telemedicine services instead of seeing a professional in person:
- If they live rurally or remotely they may not have easy access to a doctor’s office, pharmacy/drug store, or hospital
- If they’re elderly they may not be able to drive or are unable to walk due to medical conditions or illnesses
- If they don’t have a car and are unable to easily get to the doctor’s office, pharmacy/drugstore, or hospital
- If a parent is at home alone with a sick child that shouldn’t be moved
- If someone is sick and by themselves and can’t safely drive to their destination
- If someone’s illness is contagious
What Are the Advantages Of Using Telemedicine?
No Travel Expenses/Less Time Commuting
As mentioned above, if someone lives in the countryside or remotely, it’s not as easy for them to get to the doctor’s office or to the hospital. But travel costs are also cut down immensely – no paying for gas or having to drive over an hour to get there!
Makes Patients More Comfortable
Iatrophobia is the fear of doctors and it’s a very common thing. Setting an appointment, waiting in the lobby, and sitting in the office can create intense feelings of stress and anxiety. Receiving help or medication in the comfort of your own home could potentially reduce your stress levels.
Less Time Spent Waiting
Chances are you know exactly what it’s like to drive around to find a parking spot, especially if your doctor’s office is located in the heart of a busy city. Not only do you not have to worry about finding a parking spot when you use telemedicine services, but you don’t have to pay for parking either! You also won’t have to wait in a waiting room for a doctor either.
Won’t Have To Book Time Off
Have you had to book a few days off to visit the doctor for either yourself, your child, or an elderly parent? Now you won’t have to worry about falling behind or using your holidays.
Reduces The Risk Of Spreading Diseases
If you were diagnosed with a contagious illness, it’s probably not the best idea to go out in public and increase the risk of transmitting it to other people. Even so much as touching a door handle or a magazine can transmit your illness to someone else.
Won’t Have To Leave Your Sick Child Or Elderly Parent/Family Member
It can be especially hard to travel with a sick child or elderly family member if you’re looking after them alone. By using telemedicine solutions, you won’t have to worry about how they are going to be looked after or handle traveling with you to the doctor’s office or hospital.
Telemedicine Could Improve Overall Satisfaction
We’ve all experienced a frustrating visit to the doctor’s office, especially having to find a parking spot, wait long periods of time in the waiting room, talking to the nurse or assistant beforehand, waiting for the doctor, and then waiting for your prescription. In the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to wait! You can cut right to the issue at hand.
No Worrying About Missing Or Cancelling An Appointment
Have you ever scheduled an appointment only to realize you have no time for it? Being late for an appointment means less time speaking with your doctor and getting answers. And, if you have to cancel an appointment, fees may apply.
Check-Ups Don’t Have To Be Scheduled
You won’t have to drive to the office or hospital just for a short check-up. Follow-ups can easily be done over the phone and even help you save costs too.
Doctor’s office visits and hospital visits cost anywhere from $100 -$200. An appointment online is significantly cheaper and depending on where you’re located, you may not have to pay for shipping for your medication.
Advantages To Using Telemedicine As A Health Care Provider
Improve Work-Life Balance
Have you been working long hours at the office and barely have time for your family? By working from home and handling patients online, could drastically improve your work-life balance.
Don’t Have To Worry About Patients Being Late Or Not Showing Up
Nothing is more frustrating than scheduling time for a patient who doesn’t even show up or who doesn’t appreciate your time. By switching to telemedicine, you don’t have to worry about no-shows!
Cut Down On Paper Bills
Help the environment by not printing out paper bills! Everything can easily be done electronically.
Gain More Patients
By switching to telemedicine, you can reach the interest of patients from further away. It can give you a huge advantage over other health care providers in your area.
Build A Better Relationship
You’re probably well aware of how many of your patients are terrified of you and have an increased level of anxiety when they visit you … sorry. But by taking care of patients in the comfort of their own home, it can really help build a trusting relationship.
What Is Telehealth? What’s The Difference?
Telemedicine refers to remote/long-distance clinical services where telehealth covers a broader range of remote medical services like both clinical and non-clinical services ( home health care for example), training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education.
How Does Telemedicine Work If I Still Want To Meet The Doctor?
By scheduling virtual appointments on your smartphone, computer, or other devices, you can also request to speak face-to-face with your doctor or physician while still just relaxing on your couch! This can be done through video calling. If you need a common medical diagnosis or a prescription refilled, once again you can do this all while relaxing on the couch.
How Male Excel Works
If you have visited a doctor in the last three years and have an updated medical history, then you’re ready to begin your journey with Male Excel. It should take you approximately ten minutes to fill out a medical history and sexual health form and we also request you upload a recent picture of yourself so we can verify your ID.
Within two hours, our dedicated and licensed physician will review your information before filling out a prescription for you (we want to ensure your health and safety first!). Our physician and yourself can easily request a follow-up via phone or video call. They should never take more than two hours to review your form and fill out a prescription for you.
This is one of the perks of telemedicine: we can get your prescription to you as fast as possible and send it to a pharmacy of your choice.
Is Telemedicine Safe?
The same confidentiality that is expected and conducted in-person applies to online care as well, but you need to know who and where your medication is coming from.
Male Excel thoroughly examines your medical history and administers FDA-approved Viagra and Cialis. We’re also more than happy to meet face-to-face over a video call. We always remain as transparent as possible for our customers.
If you’re considering switching to telemedicine services, it could be a great choice for you and your family! Not only does it save you time and money, but it can also reduce your stress associated with doctor’s visits and make you feel more private, especially if the topic is a bit more … sensitive … like erectile dysfunction for example.
Using Telemedicine for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Though there are literally millions of men suffering from E.D. in the U.S., many are embarrassed to talk about it with their doctor. By using the telemedicine service through Male Excel, you don’t have to feel embarrassed, but you do have to be completely honest with your medical history and sexual health so we know how safely help you all while you remain in the comfort of your own home.
Telemedicine is a great service for people who may not have a car, for elderly people, or people who live rurally or remotely. It can also be a great way for health care providers to increase their patient base by serving areas further away. If you’d still like to meet your doctor/physician face-to-face, request a video call!
As technology continues to advance, telemedicine will only continue to advance along with it but you shouldn’t feel that it’s any less safe than visiting the doctor’s office or hospital in person.