Online medical consultations are spreading fast, delivering effective health care with comparable standard care outcomes and a high level of patient satisfaction. According to a study published in Health Affairs, 98 percent of those surveyed said they would recommend online doctor services to others. Also known as virtual visits, telemedicine, telehealth, and remote health care, online medical consults are replacing office visits, trips to the ER, urgent care services, and retail clinics.
A new era has dawned in the realm of health care: the age of telemedicine. With studies showing treatment outcomes comparable to standard-care paradigms and a high degree of patient satisfaction, telemedicine (also known as telehealth) provides online medical consultations, online diagnosis and treatment, remote monitoring of chronic patients and the elderly, access to health services from anywhere at any time, electronic prescriptions, financial savings, time savings, and other advantages.
The foundations driving this latest health-care delivery model are technological innovation, the ubiquity of mobile devices, increasing patient demand for services at a click, and the changing face of health care as it shifts from fee-for-service plans to a patient-centered, value-based reimbursement paradigm.