The standard operating procedure for getting medical has long been physically going to a doctor’s office or, in rare occasions, you might still get a house call. But with the advent of the Internet and video chat, the option of telemedicine is becoming more and more common.
Telemedicine is the use of communications technology to provide a diagnosis or medical consultation, and it reaches back as far as the early 1900s when it was used to provide medical assistance to people in remote areas. In today’s context, people are turning to telemedicine to avoid the long waits typically associated with the average doctor’s visit, or in some cases, even the ER. And recent studies are pointing to telehealth visits as a viable way of reducing overall healthcare costs.