A couple of weeks ago, JAMA published a study that raised concerns about the quality of care being delivered by several telemedicine and teledermatology companies. These findings were quickly scooped up by news outlets and spun into some very sensational stories which concluded all telemedicine is lacking. What many of the stories failed to mention is that while some of the telemedicine companies that were tested are indeed subpar, there are also a handful a telemedicine companies that are leading the industry by providing adequate care for the patients who utilize them.
According to the researchers, the best telemedicine companies are the ones that connect patients with their own providers. Dr. Jack Resneck, a dermatologist at UCSF, and lead author on the study, told interviewers, “That’s why telemedicine is best performed by physicians and team members who are part of practices or regional systems in which patients already receive care.” For the most serious diagnoses, patients must be able to promptly visit the doctor’s office for additional tests or procedures. Likewise, doctors must be able to follow up with their patients after certain procedures or prescribing medicine. At HealthLens, we strive to connect patients with their own doctors. This way they can always schedule an office visit if the need arises.
Another alarming concern raised in the study is that some telemedicine companies do not let their patients choose their healthcare provider and, as a result, patients can receive diagnoses and treatment recommendations from doctors who are not licensed in the state, or even the country, in which they were providing care. Fortunately for the patients who use HealthLens, this is never an issue. Patients are able to peruse the doctors in their area, review their credentials and practice information, and select the provider that best fits their needs.
When it comes to picking the right telemedicine company, choose the one that your doctor recommends, HealthLens.
Before Kayak and SkyScanner, airline reservations were made over the phone or directly from the airport. Today, 99% of air travel is booked online. Granted, 99% of health care cannot be conducted over the internet, but a growing percentage of health care is being delivered online, successfully too.
Convenience was the obvious and ultimate driver that caused the switch from booking air travel over the phone to on the internet. Similarly, convenience is a driving force behind its growth of online care. For patients and doctors who use HealthLens, it’s no different.
Patients can submit a new online visit in less than 10 minutes. That’s less than the time most people spend in the waiting room. And rather than waiting 2 to 6 weeks before your doctor will see you, most HealthLens doctors evaluate their patients the same day they submit their visit.
Rather than calling the doctor or nurse and trying to describe their condition over the phone, patients now have the ability to send in photos and information about their condition to their doctor over the internet. This allows doctors and their staff to make better assessments and quickly prescribe treatment or call the patient in for an office visit.
As a result, doctors are able to reduce the time they spend on the phone with patients. Early users of HealthLens report 20-25% reductions in the time spent managing medical requests from their patients. This allows doctors to spend less time in the office and still be accessible to their patients.
Like booking flights online, online care is a win-win for the patient and the doctor.
One of the most appealing aspects of travelling is that it takes you out of your comfort zone and exposes you to new things – new sights, new foods, new people, and coincidentally, new hazards. No matter where you go or how many precautions you take, there is always a chance you will need medical attention at some point during your adventure.
Many countries that cater to tourists have clinics where you can stop in and get your ailment diagnosed and treated. These clinics, for the most part, are tolerable and usually resolve the issue. However, nothing beats the security and assurance of having your family doctor poised to offer their professional advice at a moment’s notice. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Nowadays, telemedicine is connecting patients with their doctors wherever there is wifi. For patients who want to connect with their own doctors, they choose HealthLens.
From Kathmandu to Ko Phi Phi, patients have been using HealthLens to get their symptoms evaluated by their doctors in the United States. It’s quick and HIPAA compliant, but most importantly, it lets the patients continue on their adventures.
If you are travelling this summer, don’t forget to bring HealthLens along for the journey. Your doctor will always be just one online visit away.