TELEMEDICINE, a trending alternative to seek medical advice during COVID

TELEMEDICINE exploits technology to enable real-time communications between patients and healthcare professionals. Like video conferencing, both parties can see and talk to each other at any given place and time in a convenient, cost-effective and time-saving manner. Moreover, the virtual healthcare service offers the same quality and standard as an in-person consultation at the hospital.

3 advantages of TELEMEDICINE

  1. Improve access to medical care, especially for patients in remote areas who may need to travel long distances to attend health services. Doctors are able to provide consultation, diagnose and treat patients (based on the limited information provided by service receivers).
  2. Provide 24-hour on-demand services without prior reservation.
  3. Reduce overall medical expenses, as well as travelling and waiting time.

Several hospitals in Thailand have adopted TELEMEDICINE, particularly during the outbreak of COVID-19 which catalyzed the use this technology. People became accustomed to virtual communications and embraced the benefits of consulting or receiving medical services through video conferencing system, which are more convenient in terms of travelling cost and time consumption.

At present, TELEMEDICINE service gains in popularity for the treatment and doctor consultation for mild and initial ailments, such as fever, stomach ache, abdominal bloating, headache, rash, and office syndrome. Additionally, TELEMEDICINE is useful for following up the treatment of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes.

Influenza is one of the diseases that patients can receive medical services via TELEMEDICINE. Currently, Samitivej Virtual Hospital launched an "online flu clinic" to provide consultation regarding influenza in a ‘new normal’ manner, enabling patients to recover faster and resume their work sooner. Once the symptoms develop, patients are encouraged to VDO call the doctor directly. Medicine delivery services right to patients’ door steps are also available. Furthermore, the online flu clinic offers an appointment booking solution for the fast-track flu vaccination to reduce queuing time, as well as hassle-free vaccination services at home in just one click.

For more information, please visit https://www.samitivejhospitals.com/th/virtual-flu-clinic/. If you develop influenza or are suspected to have influenza, it is recommended to get healthcare consultation and medical care.