Telemedicine: What is it and how is it useful to me?
The role of telemedicine in hemophilia patients in a technology advanced world
NHF 2015 (Dallas, August 13-15) Telemedicine could be the reason you may now be able to speak to a healthcare provider at a hemophilia treatment center even if you are hundreds of miles away. How so? A session at the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) 2015 Annual Meeting described how telemedicine allows health care providers to provide care to their patients who live farther from the HTC using interactive audio and/or video tools. This means that you may be able to place a video call to a health care provider hours away from you, discuss your medical issues with him/her and receive advice on your next steps. This will eventually save you a lot of time and money. There are many forms of telemedicine including video calls, emails, and the use of your smart phone to send pictures and audio recordings. By making use of telemedicine, you also save money on doctor visits. Although healthcare professionals still charge fees for providing medical care with telemedicine, commercial and government providers reimburse for these services according to state laws and individual plans. So, next time when you are worried about not being able to make it to your health appointment, remember to ask your healthcare provider about telemedicine for times between annual visits when a picture is worth a thousand words.