Telemedicine medicine is a health care field that provides medical services to patients through electronic communications, usually over long distances. Telemedicine is especially useful in rural areas or other locations where access to a physical doctor is limited.
Benefits of telemedicine are the convenience of receiving medical care from your own home, stressed patients see different doctor, and reducing travel costs for both patients and doctors. Some businesses offer telemedicine services so their customers can receive a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment from the convenience of their office. Also , patient and doctor communication is more personal and efficient with telemedicine than when seeing a doctor in person.
Telehealth can also offer health care professionals an alternative to leaving their practice to work in a remote clinic. Telehealth has the potential to decrease the number of patients who need emergency rooms, urgent care centers and physicians offices altogether. With these strengths come some disadvantages. For example, most health care professionals agree that the communication time between patient and doctor is not very long with telemedicine services, because of technical difficulties or poor communication skills on both sides regardless of how many years they have been in practice.
There are some disadvantages to telemedicine. Many people do not realize that they cannot see a doctor on the same day an emergency event occurs, nor can they receive immediate care for a minor injury or illness. Telemedicine can be expensive, especially if long distance calls are billed as originating from the doctors office or home phone. Because there is no face-to-face contact, there is also no opportunity to make eye contact with the doctor which may make some patients uncomfortable.