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As the internet grows and progresses, so has the healthcare industry. Now more than ever, people are in need of quick and easily accessible healthcare. Telemedicine, also known as Telehealth, was cited as a game changer in Time Magazine’s 2016 issue on “Reasons to Celebrate America” and it’s easy to see why.

Access remotely

No need to change out of those pajamas! Telemedicine allows you to speak with doctors, schedule appointments through an online patient portal, and even order prescriptions from the comfort of your own home using a computer or mobile device with a camera. Board-certified physicians, as well as licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are ready to assist you 24/7. 

Accessible to people in isolated locations

Those with limited time or transportation stand to benefit. Programs such as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s partnership with Doctor on Demand, offer virtual face-to-face communication with doctors over the phone, computer or tablet devices. Telemedicine doctors are even able to prescribe medications, eliminating the need to make the journey to the doctor’s office and offering a promising answer to the geographic challenges that some face when accessing healthcare.

Limit exposure and reduce the risk of being exposed to germs at the doctor’s office

The waiting room can be an eerie place nowadays. By having the ability to meet with your doctor virtually, telemedicine provides another way to avoid going out amidst the pandemic.

Find personal health apps

Personal health apps help you stay on track beyond the conversations with your doctor. Telemedicine apps allow you to schedule reminders for taking medicine, record vital signs, and store personal health information. Health on the go has never been easier.

Virtually treat the top reasons people go to the doctor’s office

Patients are able to be treated remotely for the top reasons people usually venture to the doctor’s office. Some of these concerns include cold and flu, allergies, UTI’s and sinus infections. Patients should note that Telemedicine professionals cannot treat extreme cases such as broken bones, severe burns, or chest pain.

Interlocal Trust Members have access to the Harvard Pilgrim telemedicine program Doctor on Demand. For more information on this benefit please visit Harvard Pilgrim online.

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