People in need of care for minor illnesses can now be seen quickly and affordably, without an appointment, at any time or place thanks to telemedicine. Care Compass Network partners Lourdes Hospital and Guthrie Clinic have both introduced 24/7 online care, making access to healthcare easier.
Using video chat or a phone call, the patient connects with a virtual care provider who is a licensed physician or mid-level provider. In order to understand symptoms and decide what the best treatment options are, the patient is asked a series of questions. Consultations generally last twenty minutes. With video chat providers can both hear and see the individual, so they are able to assess conditions such as rashes, pink eye, and burns. Colds, nausea, and urinary tract infections are among other ailments that can be treated. Providers are also able to call in prescriptions for medications such as allergy medications, skin creams, and anti-nausea medications. Controlled medications are not prescribed.
As the healthcare landscape has been changing over the years, Telemedicine has helped provide access to more people than previously was possible. Telemedicine is helping to break down barriers to accessing healthcare, such as transportation, child care, lack of time, and cost.
Sources: Telemedicine: Bringing health care to a screen near you by WBNG.com – May 17, 2018