Medication Now Prescribed Via Telemedicine
You no longer have to go to your doctor to obtain prescription medication, like antibiotics, and then go to a pharmacy to have the prescription filled. Instead, you can have your antibiotics delivered to you without leaving the comfort of your home. A recent study suggested that one in eight antibiotic prescriptions are delivered over the phone. This is especially beneficial for patients in rural areas and elderly patients, as doctors are able to video-conference with individuals who do not have adequate or reliable transportation to determine their medicinal requirements.
“Video-conference technology enables doctors and patients to communicate ‘face to face’ without an office visit. Leveraging technology in this way can really help reduce the risk of error in the prescription process because the doctor can still see the patient and symptoms that may be visible, but not known to the patient.,” says George Tierney, co-founder of SnapMD. Dr. Alejandro Lopez-Magallon, who studies telemedicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, told Reuters concerning the study, “The amount of information that you can gather in a telemedicine consultation is typically much richer than what you can gather from a telephone conversation.” The additional information gathered in a telemedicine consult empowers doctors to more accurately diagnose and to prescribe medicines to address the diagnosis.
“SnapMD’s private label Telemedicine platform is providing healthcare providers the tools to jump start their patient-facing Telemedicine programs,” states Mr. Tierney. “The start-ups costs involved with adopting a cloud-based SaaS system like our Virtual Care Management technology are very attractive to our customers.”