Telemedicine, while relatively new, is developing at lightning speed. It’s a fascinating concept in the medical world and is made possible by advances in communication technology. Thanks to computers and smartphones, doctors and patients can now have live, real-time video consultations.
But what is telemedicine? Telemedicine is simply remote health care enabled by technology.
It is very useful because it allows doctors to see patients for minor yet urgent medical problems whenever and wherever the patients are. It differs from traditional health care in that the patient no longer has to go to the hospital or doctor’s office and wait to receive medical attention.
Benefits of Telemedicine
Telemedicine, no matter how convenient, is not suitable for all medical issues. Headaches, body pain, allergies, coughs and colds, stomach issues, insect bites, UTIs, conjunctivitis, a sore throat – these can all be addressed via telemedicine.
In general, telemedicine can be used to:
- Diagnose minor health issues
- Provide routine post-treatment follow-up care
- Respond to medical inquiries
- Refill prescriptions
- Receive medical care while away on holiday
- Receive medical care in inclement weather
- Receive medical care when unable to leave home
- Receive medical care in rural and inaccessible areas
Life-threatening issues, however, still need to be dealt with in a health care facility.
What makes telemedicine so great is the convenience it presents and the immediate care it allows physicians to provide. It also expands patient access to medical care, proving very useful when patients have minor conditions but are many miles away from the nearest hospital or doctor’s office. In addition, patients and doctors both save on costs. Patients do not need to lose significant time away from work to attend appointments, and doctors don’t lose money due to no-shows, as well as lose patients to urgent care facilities.
Telemedicine companies and their team of on-call doctors, clinical staff, and specialists offer patients access to medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on their telemedicine platforms. In most cases, services are offered through a mobile app you can download onto your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You should be able to request a visit after filling in all the details about your condition.
Telemedicine services vary according to specialty. For example, a surgeon might use it to provide routine checks after surgery, whereas a gynecologist might use it to provide female reproductive health counseling.
eMDnow Telemedicine in Jacksonville, Florida, for Veterans and Non-Veterans
Not all telemedicine providers are equal when it comes to the care of veterans and their loved ones. The medical providers at eMDnow have served in the military or with the Department of Veterans Affairs, giving us a unique look into your health care needs.
We provide medical services for all military-related health issues. As the only telemedicine provider certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are committed to serving our serving former brothers and sisters in arms.
To receive medical service, you have the option of either walking in to our clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, or telemedicine. For walk-ins, please call our office at (800) 511-0497 or request an appointment. For telemedicine, you will find our downloadable app on this page.