Danphe EMR’s telemedicine module facilitates consultation with the subspeciality services. It can connect our physicians to patients in remote places and patients who cannot physically come for in-person visit. Patients can login to Danphe’s patient portal or to our Mobile Application and consult with doctors who have access to the patient’s medical records.
Telemedicine refers to the provision of remote clinical services, via real-time two-way communication between the patient and the healthcare provider, using electronic audio and visual means.
In primary care, telemedicine is usually in the form of phone calls, where the patient seeks the doctor’s advice about non-emergency medical problems which don’t require the doctor to see the patient. It doesn’t replace face-to-face consultation when it is needed, but complements it.
The real role of telemedicine at present lies in the convenience it offers to patients and practitioners by obviating the necessity for a physical visit to get medical advice or treatment. It is cost-effective, in comparison to the process of waiting to see a doctor or other practitioner.
It can help select urgent calls after a doctor’s office is closed. It is of immense value in the follow-up of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Such patients have no immediate medical problem, but require help with dosage adjustments, lifestyle regimens, prescription refills, or even just access to group support.
An added convenience is that telemedicine consultations can be so arranged as to follow all needed laboratory investigations or vital sign monitoring. In fact, telemedicine has been practiced by doctors for a long time, though not under this name. However, the use of broadband internet technology has made both audio and video calls affordable and available to a wider spectrum of society, making this a feasible alternative to the conventional system.