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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

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Telemedicine Keeps Doctor Away

Call it telemedicine or telehealth, it’s the future of doctor-patient relationships and it’s already arrived.

The use of telehealth exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic and there no longer is any question within and without the medical community that telemedicine is here to stay.

While face-to-face visits with primary-care physicians and specialists are expected to continue for critical cases, chronic care no longer will call for a patient to get a ride to the doctor’s office. Everything will be handled by phone or computer.

After an annual visit to a specialist monitoring his liver condition, a relative was told to make appointments for an ultrasound reading and a blood test. The blood test had to be made online and it took several sessions with a computerized voice to get called by a person to make the ultrasound appointment.

A computerized phone call notified him the results of the test were posted on the patient portal in his computer. He had to read — and translate — the results himself. He assumed everything was routine because the doctor, or his assistant, would call if there were any problems or peril.

You can check your symptoms on the internet, but the information out there is unreliable. It may make for interesting reading, but you need to see your doctor for a dependable diagnosis. Once you’ve met with him or her, telemedicine can be used for follow-up and treatment.

Connecting through cyberspace means you always have a medical babysitter at your elbow. When an issue erupts, a quick contact with your caregiver will let you know how to respond.

Support groups also congregate on the internet. Folks with cancer, ALS, disabilities and long-term medical conditions can establish and maintain contacts that can help each other climb over crises.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 25, 2022 at 2:00 am

Posted in Health, Humor / Quote

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