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An Insider’s Introduction into Telemedicine
 

An Insider’s Introduction into Telemedicine

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With the ubiquitous spread of digital technology in the medical world, it is really no surprise that telemedicine has quickly become an emerging field of clinical practice. With more than its fair share of advocates and naysayers in the medical community and beyond, we speak to Dr. Jennifer Winters, an insider of the industry to uncover more about telemedicine.
 
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20 Jul 2016 - General
 
On-demand telemedicine appointments both monetize previously unbillable time and also open the door for more same-day appointments than were impossible before doctors and patients could meet remotely. Same-day appointments are much easier to squeeze into schedules when patients connect with medical practices remotely, and when a healthcare worker has unexpected free time receptionists can quickly set up new appointments on a moment’s notice. Overall, telemedicine offers a number of ways for medi...
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@Muhammad: Yes as long as the situation is non-life threatening telemedicine helps. Before being able to access telemedicine, patients would have to read a disclaimer or sign terms and conditions regarding the service. I think if I had the ability to make my own company I would integrate a way to connect to emergency services (EMS or an ambulance) for the life threatening situations. There are a lot of times when people mistake their condition to be something mild when in actuality they should b...
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@Priscilla: Thank you! :) You know if you are interested there is also something called "Telenursing". I do not know much about this area though but a friend of mine who lives in New Zealand is doing Telenursing from her home. It has only been a year actually that I have been doing this. I was working freelance online on the side and the company stumbled over my profile and contacted me. Definitely nothing can replace the actual assessment but telemedicine extends that extra helping ha...
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@Amit: The spread of technology and the use of the internet has gone viral. Definitely telemedicine should not be limited to the interaction between doctor and patient but also with fellow doctors. Specialization consults would go a long way especially, as you mentioned, for the doctors in remote areas. I had a few experiences as I was working the ER in a tertiary institution where a colleague in a remote area would call me to help her out with a patient. If this was set through a telemedicine p...
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Hi everyone! Sorry for the delayed reply. MIMS community seemed to be down yesterday so I couldn't get back to you then. @Ziwei: Yes I can't be too careful with all those computer viruses lurking online. Prevention is better than cure after all :) haha The company is called Medlanes and it is based in Berlin, Germany. I also do random free consults on RingMD which is a Singapore company. RingMD gives the option to do video calls with patients which are paid but I haven't tried this y...
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hi Jennifer. Telemedicine is a new wave of Medical exploration to cater people in the rural area who has limited access to hospital facilities. These is also beneficial to urban people who would like to have fast access to real Doctor over the phone without the trouble of lining up in doctor's clinic, as far as non life threatening situation is concern. Information dissemination should be on the way. I believe this is one of the answer to lessen morbidity rate. The Philippines rural areas wi...
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@Jennifer: You're simply amazing and inspiring! What a surprise and an advantage to be able to cross along mims community, having random exchange messages with you over the articles. As I came across the picture on the article, I immediately opened aside from the interesting topic but the person seem to be familiar. Hehe How long have you been practicing this Telemedicine? Actually this is my first time hear about this kind of approach. This would be another discovery to have the delivery of...
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In a vast country like India, there is a typical saturation and segregation of doctors and healthcare facilities in the bigger cities and a dearth of such facilities in smaller towns and villages. The concept of telemedicine should work in such an environment where the users in remote areas who will have access to Internet on their smartphones will be able to consult specialists. The growth and spread of mobile telephony and Internet is much more than the spread of healthcare facilities or well ...
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Nice Jennifer. The trailblazer of telemedicine. What is the company you are working for? I only know of International SOS doing telemedicine on a large scale with worldwide reach. Are you able to travel around the world while you work on your laptop or soak in the bathtub while working? I have so much question to ask Jennifer. Mims should have given me an opportunity to be an interviewer as well. Given the time difference , do you have to on night calls ? I do think that telemedicine will be th...
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Thank you Chih! The work is real nice as you can maintain a real time job while doing this. I am a mixed breed actually :) I am Filipino-German. I look more caucasian but I am more asian as a person. I am hoping for the possibility of promoting telemedicine more in the Philippines. A lot of people have cellphones here and they have access to the internet as almost everybody has a facebook account. I don't mean for this to replace the standard doctor's visit which definitely cannot be rep...
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Wow great Work Jennifer! I think it is quite an amazing job that you are doing. Just wondering, are you an American or are you a Fillipino as your name seems like you are a Caucasian instead of Asian. Telemedicine should be promoted by places like the third world country when healthcare worker is in shortage and the population is scarce. Telemonitoring of blood pressure is also done in Singapore at certain restructured hospitals. I believe even a family physician could do such a work and a new d...
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