Need to consult a doctor but want to skip the waiting room filled with other potentially sick or contagious people? Is it possible to get high quality care and connect with a doctor from home or is that just a hope for the future?
The future is now.
Telehealth has been around for decades, including connecting with medical professionals online and through phone calls. These methods provide a way to communicate with a provider, describe symptoms and get general advice about whether to seek additional medical care. The challenge is that the communication is usually a verbal account without the much needed data, images and test results required to make accurate decisions.
In order to get the appropriate care in a timely manner, doctors need a variety of detailed data to help them determine their diagnosis and potential treatment. Data such as a physical exam, images, medical history as well as a verbal consultation are key factors required. Up until now, it’s been nearly impossible to provide this critical information in real time. Telehealth technology has advanced rapidly and devices such as illuminate make it possible to connect with a doctor from home, skipping the need to travel to a doctor’s office.
Whether you live in a remote area with limited access to medical care, or have a schedule that restricts your ability to take time off work and wait in the doctor’s office, advanced telehealth devices such as illuminate bring us one step closer to putting healthcare back in our hands and empower us to make confident decisions about when to seek care.