We’ve all been in a situation where you’re not feeling well, but too sick to leave your home. Or when think you have flu but don’t have enough time to go to your family doctor. The ideal scenario would consist of phoning your physician and asking them for medical advice. With the advancement of technology, this is no longer a distant future. In fact, this service is called Doctor on Demand and it offers exactly that – instant medical help from the comfort of your home.
The Internet – The Instant Doctor
For a while now, research has shown that the number of people who visit their doctor when they have some kind of a health problem keeps lowering. The reasons for this decrease of medical appointments and consultations are numerous – non-per scripted medication is on every corner, the internet provides billions of information on any possible medical problem (accurate or not) which resulted in people treating themselves for various problems, and the process of making appointments and then waiting in line only adds to the complication and time consumption. However, even though the internet can help you ease your back pain by advising you to place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position while asleep, this will not solve the chronic pain one endures on the long run.
The Necessity of Medicine
Technology, in its many disadvantages, has also proven to be extremely useful in numerous areas of our lives, especially when it comes to lowering time we spend on everyday activities, following the current fast pace of the world we live in. When it comes to healthcare, with the introduction of eHealth and Internet of Things, patients are not only part of the revolution of health system, but their general health has improved due to the precise information systems, software and data that was provided by patients themselves, which was then used in creating the system what works best for its end users.
How Does It Work?
Doctor on demand follows this path and allows patients more control than ever. Using any type of mobile device – a cell phone, tablet or computer, patients now have the luxury of being in contact with their physician at any time. Without having to schedule an appointment and then wait in line, or wait the next day for the doctor’s office to open, you can video call your doctor as soon as you feel sick and discuss your medical condition just as if you were meeting in person. The doctor can then diagnose and prescribe medication, which is ideal when your condition is not urgent, such as cold, flu, bronchitis, sinus infections, pediatric issues, UTIs, yeast infections, eye issues, rashes, skin issues, and upset stomach. Other scenarios when Doctor on Demand is helpful include not being able to reach your primary care physician, when you are abroad or on nights, weekends or holidays when a physician’s office is not available.