A checklist by Deborah Gonzalez, last updated October 12, 2017.
Technology is giving people more and more options in medical needs that were probably not even thought of by a lot of people a decade ago, save for the visionaries who half-expected these services as well as the people who made them come to life. It may have been beyond the realm of possibility and practicality to get a medical consultation online, considering the infrastructure and Internet speeds back then. Recently, online consultation is growing in popularity for obvious reasons. Patients and doctors alike welcome the service as both entities benefit from it. From the patient's perspective, there are really quite a lot of things to be thankful for these kinds of services and applications provided by https://www.ring.md/ and the like. Here are some notable examples.
There are notably fewer steps to talk to a doctor online than having to go to a physical clinic for an appointment. With everything done at the comfort of one's home, in their room, specifically, for a lot of patients, online consultation is an obviously better choice. Yes, there are patients who just don't feel like going out of the house, but there are those who literally can't even lift themselves off the bed unless assisted. This service is extremely useful for them. On the other hand, there's neither point nor reason in faulting patients who can actually go out of the house but are opting for online consultations.
As stated earlier, patients don't have to leave the house in order to have their consultations. Appointments can be quirky, with patients coming in late and not getting the most of what they paid for, and also the opposite where they come in too early and will have to waste a lot of time in the waiting area. The more reasonable option would be the latter, but patients used to live with the fact that they'd have to waste a lot of time waiting for their turn. This is no longer the case. Patients only have to log in a few seconds before their appointment with a physician online, in addition to wasting absolutely no time in having to travel.
Consultation in clinics can be limiting in the fact that patients are likely not having much choice with the doctor they're consulting with. This is a non-issue when using most online consultation services. The fact that it's easy and convenient to browse the roster of experts provides patients with the freedom to choose from experts that they believe is appropriate for their medical needs. Another thing worth noting is that interfaces of these types of services are meant to be intuitive. User interfaces these days are so intuitive that children can learn how to operate applications in less than a few hours. This would mean that seniors, and children, for that matter, can find their way around. However, it would be better to keep the application off the hands of children who possibly have no idea about what the app is for.
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