The medical tourism industry has been introducing various types of services and facilities for patents across the world. Telemedicine is one of the services that has been introduced for the betterment of medical tourists. This feature/service allows patients and professionals to connect to each other even if they are in two different countries.
WHAT IS TELEMEDICINE?
Telemedicine is a term that is a combination of Greek and Latin words; Tele in Green is Tελε that means distance. The Latin word for medicine is mederi, which means to heal. When you combine the two words Tελε mederi; it means distance healing. With the advancement of technology, a person can avail various kinds of medical services using computers and telecommunications.
Through a virtual set-up AKA virtual clinic, a patient can get in touch with the doctor/specialist of their choice. This service also helps those who find it uncomfortable or inconvenient to go to a physical location like a hospital or clinic. Moreover, with telemedicine, the number of visits also reduce drastically.
HOW IS TELEMEDICINE CHANGING MEDICAL TOURISM?
This service comes in handy in many ways. Not only does it take healthcare to a new level, however, it also helps to deal with emergencies and critical situations easily. In fact, even surgeons and doctors use Telemedicine to get the much needed help from specialists from any part of the world. With this service, a patient gets the right treatment at the right time without having to travel anywhere.
Patients and their loved one’s stand to gain as well; through telemedicine, they have a chance of speaking to a professional/specialist without having to move a pin. Patients not only get the information they need, however, they also get to understand what kind of options and alternative treatments are available. Telemedicine helps them to get excellent treatment and consultation sitting at the comfort of their own home.
BENEFITS OF TELEMEDICINE IN MEDICAL TOURISM
Telemedicine technology helps to provide the right clinical information to the concerned people. From healthcare providers to patients and even their loved ones; all benefit from this service. This service helps to cater to the post and pre treatment requires as well as takes care of on-demand services and emergencies as well. Some of the many benefits of telemedicine include