In cities like Los Angeles, there are thousands of doctors that a patient can choose from for an acne evaluation. The patient can read some reviews online and select a doctor in their city that fits the preferences.
When they call the office, the receptionist is able to fit them in at the end of the following day due to a cancellation. Sounds great, right? There is only one thing standing between them and their appointment, traffic.
Rather than endure the misery of idling in rush hour traffic for an hour, wouldn’t it make more sense to take a few photos of their acne with a smartphone and send it to a local dermatologist via HealthLens’ secure telemedicine platform? More and more patients are starting to think so.
So before you book an office appointment for 4 pm across town, consider using HealthLens to have your skin condition evaluated online by a doctor of your choosing. These online visits are covered by most insurances and patients typically get a diagnosis and treatment plan within 2 business days. If the treatment plan includes a prescription, that prescription is sent directly to the patient’s pharmacy.
Many times patients are curious as to why they have to supply a general appearance photo along with their condition photos when submitting a virtual visit on HealthLens. A general appearance photo is essentially a “selfie” and it serves a couple of important functions during the online evaluation.
Foremost, the general appearance gives the doctor an up-to-date look at the patient’s overall health. If the doctor has never seen the patient before in their practice, this picture provides them with a foundation to compare the patient’s overall skin quality to the skin quality in their condition photos. It is a simple way to gauge how much sun damage the person may have. If it is an existing patient but the doctor has not seen him or her in their practice for a substantial period of time, the general appearance photo allows the doctor see if there have been any dramatic changes to the person’s health or skin quality besides normal aging.
A secondary purpose is that the general appearance photo helps the doctor instantly identify which patient they are evaluating. At a busy practice, there are usually a few patients who share the same name. Likewise, many doctors see multiple siblings from the same family in their practices. This photo eliminates the chance of the doctor getting two patients with the same name mixed up.
The general appearance photo is a vital aspect of your virtual visit on HealthLens. The best way to provide your doctor with a quick snapshot of your overall health is to provide the most recent photo possible. A “selfie” taken while completing the visit works great! So the next time you are submitting a virtual visit on HealthLens to your doctor, keep in mind the comically catchy lyrics of The Chainsmokers’s EDM hit song, “#SELFIE,” which go “But first, let me take a selfie.”
Dermatologists use telemedicine to evaluate moles and rashes from afar. Surgeons use telemedicine to perform wound checks without an office visit. Pediatricians are also beginning to employ telemedicine in their practices to evaluate rashes, moles, cuts, and much more online. Their patients love the convenience and it saves pediatricians and their staff from spending much of their day on the phone with concerned patients and parents.
Time and time again, we hear pediatricians describe an all too familiar occurrence. A parent calls the pediatrician’s office and informs the staff that their son Billy has contracted a rash and it’s imperative that the doctor evaluates his rash ASAP. The problem is the doctor does not have any available appointments for the next few days and Billy’s schedule is too busy to take advantage of any last minute cancellations.
The solution is simple, it’s telemedicine. If the pediatrician uses a telemedicine service like HealthLens, Billy’s parent can snap some photos of his rash, answer a few questions, and securely send it over to his pediatrician. When his pediatrician has a break in the action, he or she can log into HealthLens, evaluate Billy’s online visit, render a diagnosis, create a treatment plan including a prescription, and send it back to Billy and his parent. The whole process takes about 5 minutes for both parties and Billy’s parent can rest easy knowing a diagnosis from Billy’s own doctor will come in less than 48 hours.
The next time you need to have something evaluated by a doctor, check to see if they offer online care before going through the tedious process of scheduling an office visit.
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.