As you get older, it’s no secret that your toes can become rather unsightly, especially if you’re a guy. The culprit is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus causes nails to become thicker, more brittle, ragged, and crumbly. Your spouse and kids will describe the sight of your toes as grotesque.
Fortunately for them, and you, help is on the way. Podiatrists are now using HealthLens to evaluate patient’s toenail problems remotely without the need for an office visit. Patients are taking 1-3 sharply focused photos of their toes, answering a few questions, and sending the case to their podiatrists. Within a day, the patient receives a diagnosis and treatment plan from the doctor. If the treatment plan includes a prescription, it has already been sent to the patient’s pharmacy.
If you have some unsightly toenails, give HealthLens a try and connect with a podiatrist near you. Your spouse and kids will thank you.
Foremost, your insurance company is promoting telemedicine because insurance companies understand the benefits of services like HealthLens. The insurance companies have run the numbers and assessed the effectiveness of telemedicine, and have come to the conclusion that the use of telemedicine is beneficial for the patient. Not only is telemedicine much more convenient than a traditional office, but the proper use of telemedicine can catch serious conditions sooner and improve patient outcomes afterwards.
Your insurance company is also promoting their telemedicine service to you for another reason. By pairing you up with a random healthcare provider on some discount telemedicine service, they are able to save costs. Although this is practical for the insurance company, it does not always guarantee the same level of care that your doctor can offer, whether through telemedicine or office visits. The leading telemedicine experts agree that telemedicine is best performed by doctors who are part of systems where patients already receive care.
When it comes to deciding what telemedicine service is right for you, choose the one that will connect you with a doctor that has already seen you in their office or can see and treat you in their office following the online evaluation.
Before Kayak and SkyScanner, airline reservations were made over the phone or directly from the airport. Today, 99% of air travel is booked online. Granted, 99% of health care cannot be conducted over the internet, but a growing percentage of health care is being delivered online, successfully too.
Convenience was the obvious and ultimate driver that caused the switch from booking air travel over the phone to on the internet. Similarly, convenience is a driving force behind its growth of online care. For patients and doctors who use HealthLens, it’s no different.
Patients can submit a new online visit in less than 10 minutes. That’s less than the time most people spend in the waiting room. And rather than waiting 2 to 6 weeks before your doctor will see you, most HealthLens doctors evaluate their patients the same day they submit their visit.
Rather than calling the doctor or nurse and trying to describe their condition over the phone, patients now have the ability to send in photos and information about their condition to their doctor over the internet. This allows doctors and their staff to make better assessments and quickly prescribe treatment or call the patient in for an office visit.
As a result, doctors are able to reduce the time they spend on the phone with patients. Early users of HealthLens report 20-25% reductions in the time spent managing medical requests from their patients. This allows doctors to spend less time in the office and still be accessible to their patients.
Like booking flights online, online care is a win-win for the patient and the doctor.