There are approximately 1.3 billion patient visits to their doctor last year in the United States. It is estimated that about ten percent of those visits unnecessary. 350,000 or more doctors currently working in the U.S. are expected to fall short of the needs of 40,000 physicians by 2020. With several new medical schools opened, let alone residency opportunities, how the U.S. deals with the gap? Enter the virtual doctors.
You sign up, request an appointment, and in about an hour that you visit a licensed physician registered to practice in your state, giving their full attention to your disease and question by connecting to a computer. You and the good doctor chatted on the online consultation featuring video and audio, arriving at a diagnosis, along with prescription if necessary, to inform you. On the road to recovery you do not need to take a day off, go to the office, or waiting in the lobby with a dozen other people sick. Fun is not it? Many think so.
Virtual doctor has been used for decades, originally designed for remote locations where access to physicians rarely or difficult. Virtual practice catching, however, even in large cities, where there are a lot of doctors per capita. Care is provided in some countries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and by appointment required on others. Written prescription, but not for controlled substances, and only 13 states do not require established the doctor / patient relationship through the early-person, face-to-face visits. Twelve states currently allow telecare e-prescribing, but look at the expanding too fast.
Cheaper than usual, in-person visits to the doctor’s office, urgent care facility or emergency room at the local hospital, the use of global virtual doctor appointment is expected to triple by 2016. Many large insurance companies embrace the practice, said saving money and time. Many large companies find virtual visits require employees to take a little time off, and implement a virtual visit to the workshop area physicians, including plug-in accessories to measure such things as temperature, blood pressure, body weight, and blood sugar have been made.
Ease of online health visits are not all good, however. If made from a home computer can visit the network is not secure. Enter the Healthy Spot, virtual, walk-in e-doc in the box the box premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013. Box has almost all the bells and whistles of a regular doctor’s office, a secure connection, a clean environment managed by an onsite technician.
Health Spot stations are scheduled to appear in pharmacies, supermarkets, universities, military bases, and in rural areas, which are off-clock care information for doctors and to create electronic medical records of patients. Health Spot visits expected to run between $ 59 to $ 79 for uninsured patients, with a variety of cost or co-pay for many insurance companies.
Another challenge for the telehealth industry seems to have been resolved. Licensing and registration of doctors varies from state to state, making the network virtual doctor virtual nightmare but telehealth providers and lawyers are working to eliminate these restrictions encourage clinicians national accreditation as opposed to the state level.
Whether you choose to visit the doctor three-dimensional, or think would look for the blue and white, 5-foot by 8-foot health kiosks quickly come to a public location near you. Two adequate With rising health care costs, and the number of physicians available fall, the concept of telehealth, popular easy way to provide health care for more people at a lower cost to cover the evidence.