Thanks to internetization, the provision of various services is gradually moving to the Internet. Until recently, medicine was less internetized than other industries, but now the situation has changed. Patients can receive medical advice and prescriptions for drugs (including those for the treatment of erectile dysfunction) online.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the remote provision of medical advice. It is one of the fastest growing segments of healthcare, telemedicine-specific sites now appear like mushrooms after rain. The term ‘distance medicine’ is also used to refer to this web-based service. Patients can contact the doctor both in real time (video, audio) and in delayed mode (emails, etc., which is not suitable for emergency situations, but may be useful).
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Online
Now it’s not difficult to consult a doctor and talk about your problems in sexual life. If you are sure that you have erectile dysfunction, you can immediately order a medication (for example, Viagra or Levitra), before that fill out a special questionnaire, which is designed to shed light on the general state of your health.
If you do not want to talk with a doctor and fill out questionnaires, there are sites that offer medicines without a prescription and without medical advice (that is, on an anonymous basis). Nevertheless, if you buy a medicine without a prescription, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using it.
A successful remote medicine project in Canada is considered to be successful. In this country there is a well-known network Ontario Telemedicine Network. About 300 employees work in their network. Doctors communicate with patients using a video call (two-way video conferencing). In 2017, the specialists of this center conducted more than 700 thousand online consultations. Thanks to telemedicine, Ontario was able to save $ 67 million. Other provinces in Canada are also joining a project or are developing similar ones. An online doctor consultation is referred to as the Ontario Telemedicine Network referred to as eVisit. For all patients, the organization’s website has instructional videos on how to use the special video communication application. This is not Skype or anything else, it is a program specifically designed for medical purposes.
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The Experience of Foreign Countries (Norway)
Norway is a country in which people have long wondered how to provide medical care to people living in remote areas. Back in 1993, a solution was found. The country began the process of introducing telemedicine technologies. The state began to develop and finance two areas – consultations with a doctor-doctor and a doctor-patient. In the first case, doctors consulted their colleagues from rural areas, and in the second case, qualified medical specialists assisted patients directly. At first it was a small project in the north of the country. Now this is a large national project. For a typical Norwegian, it’s quite customary to consult a doctor via a video link.
Telemedicine has several important advantages:
- Providing access to medical advice for residents of remote regions.
- Saving time, as a patient does not need to spend time on a journey to the clinic.
- Access to medical care is possible at any time of the day.
- In many cases, an online visit to the doctor provides the same level of care as if a patient physically came to the appointment.
A high level of confidentiality and comfort is provided. For example, if you suffer from impotence, it will be more convenient for you to get an online consultation than go to the clinic for a ‘face-to-face confrontation’ with a doctor.