Patients entrust their lives to their physicians. One would think this would form a profound bond between patient and physician, rooted in trust and honesty, but scheduling time to see a physician has become so competitive. Due to the increased number of people who need care, physicians are unable to be as involved in every single one of their patient’s lives as they once were, simply because their time is spread thin across their full patient load.
The patient-physician relationship is an area of healthcare that we need to refocus our efforts on; not merely because a more profound relationship would be beneficial between the two parties, but because this relationship could have a serious impact on the health of the patient.
The more involved a physician is, the better they can diagnose and care for their patients. When a patient can sense this involvement, it encourages them to form a personal connection with their physician, which, in turn, aids them in connecting with their own health. The more a patient is involved in their own health, the more inspired they will be to not only follow treatment advice, but to be actively engaged in preventative measures as well.
Here is how MMJ telemedicine technology is bringing physicians and patients together:
Patients have access to more knowledge.
It’s easy for someone to seek out endless information online. A Google search on a specific condition, for example, will push out an endless stream of content that may or may not even be pertinent for a patient to have. Now that wearable technology is gaining more popularity, it means that there are a myriad of apps that now contain information that can help to educate patients in regards to certain aspects of their health. This education is imperative in helping to bridge gaps as patient’s think upon their wellbeing.
Physicians can be more accessible.
The number of patients needing care is still at an all-time high, but technology is making it easier for patients to connect with their physicians more sporadically throughout the year. Even though the time spent in consultation may still not be quite as profound, it is opening up the lines for communication more so than if it were dependent upon scheduling an appointment and trying to meet with a physician in person.
While there are still some challenges that must be overcome, it is evident that MMJ telemedicine technology is moving both patient-physician communication in the right direction.