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Getting Started in Telemedicine
 

Getting Started in Telemedicine

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Dr. Jennifer Winter explains why she chose to enter the field of telemedicine and provides advice to those who are considering taking their first step into telemedicine.
 
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11 Oct 2016 - General
 
Good for patients seeking second opinion sometimes and also for patients who need advice regarding which specialist they should visit for their complaints. Of course it lacks direct contact with doctors. Most of the patients feel comfortable when they discuss their problems in person rather then through computer. I work in a hospital where everything is done through computers. Even then patients are complaining that we are only looking at the computer rather than looking at the patient's fac...
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Lianne Marie Victoria Laruan I am remaining hopeful for telehealth to extend more here. Telepharmacy though is something I really want to happen first though. A lot of time and effort would be saved with that. Telemedicine is definitely great but I also fear that patients may misinterpret what this service truly entails. Then again that is why we have disclaimers. :) Yup I am a Louisian. Baguio is small and you an...
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I agree that telemedicine may have its limitations in terms of physical assessment, but it is a great way to provide medical care to those who do not have the means of visiting the hospital or a healthcare clinic. It is a practical way of giving medical assistance for patients who do not necessitate a physical exam. For example, an elderly patient who is a diagnosed case of rheumatoid arthritis wants medical opinion because of excruciating pain. I'm sure that physically going to a clinic wil...
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My job requires me to do a lot of telemedicine and it helps many in terms of saving time and effort. As i am working in remote sites, providing medical care is hard for some and we do require telemedicine available for our staffs. I think telemedicine has been around but are not so popular in the mainland where doctors or nurses can be found easily. For us medical staff at remote sites, we telemed to the doctors on mainland so that medications/ procedures can be prescribed and done accordingly a...
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Mahmoud AbdelAziz
According to studies, telemedicine may save money, both for the person receiving treatment and for the provider, when compared to traditional care. For this to be true, though, the healthcare facility must have telemedicine equipment on-site. Telemedicine definitely has its strong points, but there are some disadvantages.

One of the main disadvantages is availability and cost. You ...
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Definitely a helpful article for those who want to venture into telemedicine as an alternative! It can even be an add-on to the traditional physician practice where doctors can practice telemedicine after clinic hours for additional income or experience. Though I think telemedicine is still at its infancy here in the Philippines, I hope that many people get access to it soon enough. :) Also, I do hope that other sub-specialties like telenursing and telepharmacy, which can cater to other countrie...
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No problem Mahmoud AbdelAziz :) Definitely giving an opinion over a diagnosis when consulting online is very important to distinguish. I know many patients go online hoping to find a diagnosis but to at least give them an idea what it may be or what to do next I feel helps a lot. Priscilla Mae Gobuyan: Yes telenursing is a big thi...
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I have read your previous interview session here in the community Jennifer Winter and I really find it very interesting with this new frontier telemedicine. While browing the websites, I get so see some companies offeringh already telemedicine also to nurses abroad which I believe this is growing fast in the world of medicine. That is really true that not all can afford to see a physician only havin simple questi...
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Thanks Dr. Jennifer White for the valuable advice. If I am to highlight a very important piece of advice mentioned in this interview, I would emphasize that in telemedicine you give a medical opinion not a diagnosis. Reaching an accurate diagnosis requires both examination and investigations which are both absent usually in telemedicine. However, taking the patients’ history and knowing their complaints can draw a picture about their condition. Upon this collected information, a doctor can inst...
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