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Are The Best Doctors In America Going Digital?

Updated on April 19, 2016

The New Age Of Doctors?

As a practising primary care physician, I’ve witnessed many changes over recent years in the way doctors use technology for their profession. A few years ago, while I was visiting a practice in Massachusetts, the practitioners were using their smartphones to photograph out of the ordinary symptoms (with consent, of course!) and test their colleagues on what patients’ conditions might be. My professional demeanor was usually very rigid, but this opened my eyes up on the technology aspect of medicine and how a new wave of technology can change the ways doctors operate and increase the quality of healthcare for every patient.As a practising primary care physician, I’ve witnessed many changes over recent years in the way doctors use technology for their profession. A few years ago, while I was visiting a practice in Massachusetts, the practitioners were using their smartphones to photograph out of the ordinary symptoms (with consent, of course!) and test their colleagues on what patients’ conditions might be. My professional demeanor was usually very rigid, but this opened my eyes up on the technology aspect of medicine and how a new wave of technology can change the ways doctors operate and increase the quality of healthcare for every patient.

Time For A Change?

Aside from the practice beginning to evolve from a technological aspect, the most difficult challenge for every patient is still finding a suitable (or even any!) primary care physician in their state. Americans with Medicaid are having a very tough time too, as the availability of a suitable Doctor is extremely limited. Also speaking from the a practitioner perspective, there is increasing demand for medical care and not enough primary care doctors to treat every patient. According to the latest figures from the American Medical Association, there are 14,000 fewer doctors than what is required, in the whole of the U.S. and this gap is predicted to increase to 25,000-30,000 by 2024! We have to face the facts and find a way for all patients to receive the health care they need and technology appears to be the answer!

The Best Way To Find A Doctor?

So, how can this very confusing system be made easier for every American? One organisation appears to be setting the trend. The group of medical professionals, TeleMDCentral have integrated medical practice with live video! This means one of their registered patients can gain video access to a Doctor or Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, within any state. Does this new approach work though? Will it make a difference? Do they have some of the best doctors in America? Upon first glance of this “Skype for Doctors” service, the experience was very patient friendly, and the registration process was swift.

The New Way Forward?

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Have You Tried Video Consultations?

A one to one video consultation with a doctor may very well be the future of medicine and patient care. As more and more people use their mobile phones for almost everything, I can foresee video consultations booming soon. With Facetime, Skype and Facebook messenger, it’s tough to look back at long waiting times and constantly trying to contact your local primary care physician for an appointment. With video technology being very cost efficient and new to the medical market, there isn’t a better time to try a consultation with your own ‘cyber doctor’. The practitioners at TeleMDCentral are all certified and licensed doctors! And they appear to offer the best selection of online physicians in the states.

I’ll certainly be recommending this new method of practice to all of my colleagues, and I would be interested to know what your experiences are, via the comments below.

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