Medical TeleConferencing & Virtual Doctor Appointments

Medical Conference Call
One of the most innovative and beneficial ways to use video conferencing is in the delivery of Medical TeleConferencing service to remote regions.
A video conference can be initiated by a healthcare professional on the scene.
A doctor or specialist hundreds of miles away can see test results & get current vital signs.
Even see the patient and view the patient’s medical problem, (as long as that problem is visible).
It allows doctors and specialists to be consulted regarding especially complicated cases without forcing an already ill patient to travel hundreds of miles for help.
While a thorough medical examination is not possible a visual examination is easily done.
The medical practitioner on scene can be used as the doctor’s “hands” to perform whatever tactile tests are necessary.
This can improve the standard of care throughout a remote region.
Improved Standard of Care means better outcomes for patients and their families.

Gastric Doctor Medical TeleConferencing

One of the fastest growing Types of Video Conference Calls are between Gastric Bypass Doctors and their Obese Patients.

This is not being done for Patient Convenience or because the Doctor can cram more patients into each Day’s Billing.

Rather its because so many of the Patients are having to go long distances to find their Specialist.

Regular appointments require a long distance drive, sometimes multi day.

Doctor Patient Conference Call
The other reason is because some patients cannot physically get to the Doctor even if they were in the same city.

Highly obese Patients weighting 600 pounds plus cannot safely travel and so it has to be for a very good reason that they make a trip.

In these cases the Doctors are generally looking for a commitment from the patients to actually loose weight.

They require this before they want them to take the Chances of traveling for in person appointments.

This type of Doctor Patient interaction has literally been a lifesaver for many patients.

Virtual Class Rooms

Medical education is another area where Medical TeleConferencing is advantageous.

A great deal of medical education involves actually seeing the part of the body that is being discussed.

Seeing diagrams, charts, photographs, and video footage is also critical to learning.

All of this can be accomplished with videoconferencing.

Giving far-away students the benefit of learning from a particularly good professor.

Even being able to see the signs of various diseases or conditions better than is possible in a small photo in a textbook.

Standardized teaching is greatly enhanced by videoconferencing.

Many people can be taught the same information in the same way.

This means better communication between healthcare professionals, and leads to better patient outcomes.

Medical Specialists and their Patients

Some Medical Specialists are only available in Large Urban centers.

Making it difficult for a Face to Face Appointment, for example Cancer Specialists.

Video Conferencing making having appointments with your doctors possible.

Possible, economical, and is invaluable to Rural Patients.

Medical breakthroughs and new information can be widely disseminated through videoconferencing, as well.

One of the difficult aspects of practicing medicine is ensuring that the information that you are using to treat patients is current.

and as accurate as possible.

Video conferences for medical informational updates can be an excellent way to facilitate this.

I wonder what our ancestors would think of seeing a sick child being accurately diagnosed and successfully treated from a thousand miles away.

I think they would approve.

Read our Main Article on Video Conferencing to understand your options and limitations.