The Ultimate Guide To Using Telemedicine During The COVID-19 Pandemic

At times of global crisis, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, stress and confusion can be rather hard to avoid. One of the most common concerns is surrounding medical treatment. With lockdowns of different levels throughout the world, many are scared of ever needing medical help as they are unsure how they would be able to receive it.Others are also concerned about distracting doctors from more important patients, as we are told that there might not be enough doctors in the world for all the COVID-19 patients. While it is true that more doctors and medical workers would be beneficial to the world of today, you shouldn’t feel guilty for needing medical help, and you definitely shouldn’t refrain from reaching out to a professional. Here is why.A  niche of medicine has been developing over the past few years, by the name of Telemedicine. While not all hospitals deliver such services today, you can reach out to us at IBO, a medical center in Sharjah, where the best pediatricians are ready to help you with any medical concerns you may have.Telemedicine is a way for any patient in need to reach out to a doctor, during any circumstances, and without taking up the time of emergency patients. Telemedicine is also likely to develop into a more common and frequently used type of medicine after this pandemic. 
What is Telemedicine?
 Telemedicine is a way for hospitals to provide remote medical services to any patient across the world. It utilizes technology to provide consultations and diagnosis, the way it is normally done at a hospital. Not having to physically see a doctor makes telemedicine the best option for any medical needs, as it doesn’t stop you from practicing social distancing during the pandemic. It saves time for both the client and the doctor. It is also often less stressful for the patient. With Telemedicine, the doctors are able to manage their time better and therefore properly focus on those in more need, while also providing basic help to others.There are three common types of Telemedicine: Store-and-Forward, Remote Monitoring and Real-time Interactive Services.
1. Store-and-Forward
This type of remote medical help relies on data to provide diagnosis and advice to the patient. This data could include photos, descriptions of symptoms and anything else that the patient can provide to explain their problem to the medic. When the professional receives the data, they will then analyze it and give the patient the information they need to treat their problem at home. This type of Telemedicine can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis, as the data might not provide the doctor with enough information, which is why it is important to have a trusted doctor. At IBO, we have an experienced team of medical professionals, including the best pediatricians in Sharjah.
2. Remote Monitoring
This type is also referred to as self-monitoring or self-testing. Remote monitoring relies on more professional technological devices than are used to monitor the patient’s health by sending the results of those tests to the doctor. It is more common for the treatment of more serious diseases such as diabetes and asthma. It tends to be more cost-effective and provides more frequent monitoring than usual visits to the doctor.
3. Real-time Interactive Services
The last type of telemedicine is a way for patients to obtain instant advice from professionals. This method provides a consultation over the phone, video call, or online messages, and provides the exact help as any usual visit to the doctor. It to relies on questions, similar to face-to-face appointments
Pros and Cons of Telemedicine
Pros:
  1. Better price – Since no in-person visits are needed.
  2. Time saved – Waiting time is cut down to zero. 
  3. More accessibility – Patients all across the world can get the treatment, as long as they have access to the internet.
Cons:
  1. Higher chances of a misdiagnosis – Fewer observations are possible and the doctor can only inspect what the patient sends through.
  2. No in-person interactions – This limits the kind of tests and observation the doctor can make.
Overall, Telemedicine is currently developing faster than ever. During this pandemic, it is especially beneficial, and if you are in need of any medical help or consultation at this time you should definitely consider the help of telemedicine.For more help, you can reach out to us. We offer reliable telemedicine services. IBO is very reputed among clinics and medical centers in Sharjah, and we will be more than happy to be of help.
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