Telemedicine can be defined as using telecommunications technologies to support the remote delivery of all kinds of medical, diagnostic, and treatment-related services usually by doctors.
Through telemedicine, patients can consult with medical professionals, receive diagnoses, and get treatment recommendations without having to be physically present in the same location as their healthcare provider.
Telemedicine can be conducted through a variety of channels, including video conferencing, phone calls, email and other online communication tools. It can be used for a wide range of medical services, such as routine check-ups, mental health consultations, and specialist consultations.
Telemedicine has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in remote areas or in situations where patients may have difficulty accessing traditional healthcare services. It has also been a useful tool during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing patients to receive medical care without risking exposure to the virus.
KUTRRH doctors use telemedicine in certain cases to provide services to patients. It is used in Home based care; Palliative care and planning for dermatology and oncology clinics.
Doctors just need a computer, a clear camera and audio equipment and good internet. It is especially beneficial to people who have mobility issues or are unable to travel to a healthcare facility due to reasons. Telemedicine is often less expensive than in-person healthcare services, as it reduces the need for travel and other related expenses.
Telemedicine can provide patients with quick and convenient access to medical professionals, leading to early diagnosis and treatment. This can result in better health outcomes and a higher quality of
life. It is time saving as patients can often receive medical attention faster through telemedicine, as they can receive care from their homes without having to travel to a healthcare facility and wait in long lines.
Some patients may be more comfortable communicating with their healthcare
providers through technology, as it can eliminate some of the stress and anxiety associated with in-person visits. Telemedicine can also reduce the risk of infectious diseases spreading by facilitating patients to receive care from their homes, rather than being exposed to other patients in a healthcare facility