What does little Timmy and the US Army have in common? Well, before the 17th century, when the different parts of the world were still ruled by several kingdoms and monarchies, there were huge struggles for power and money. These reasons led to several historical battles which took the lives of many soldiers. Still, one of the main reasons why there were so many casualties during battle was the lack of quick medical consultation or treatment for the injured soldiers.
Department of Defense Uses Telemedicine
Fast forward to the future, the Department of Defense in America has effectively implemented the technology to supply healthcare to its soldiers both on and off the battlefields. Going by the official reports, the American government has provided medical treatments to its soldiers during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars using telemedicine. For example, the on-field doctors sent specialists in US hospitals pictures and X-rays of soldiers’ injuries and received effective consultations and guidance for surgeries. This not only saved the lives of many soldiers but also turned out to be a cost effective healthcare solution with a fantastic turnaround rate (around 70% better).
Telemedicine is not a new thing. In fact, doctors in America have been using it for a while. This is especially done to offer healthcare services to the people living in rural areas that would otherwise have to travel very far for a consultation that could possibly be done via a picture or call. Why not? Telemedicine saves both time and money!
Telemedicine is Awesome
Check this short video by American Telemedicine Association spreading awareness about telemedicine.
Let’s face it, healthcare is slightly broken in America and there are less doctors than what is needed, there are less beds in hospital than patients, and the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing. So why not be aware of the solutions that the technology offers and use them to our own advantage?
Still Not Convinced?
Ok, here is a practical example of how telemedicine works- imagine you are at your home, sitting with your family, and suddenly you noticed that your 8 year old son, Timmy, has a big rash on his back. You quickly take out your mobile phone, snap a photo of Timmy’s rash, and send it to a specialized dermatologist. Within hours, you receive consultation from the doctor with a recommendation that will help solve the problem in no time. Super efficient! Don’t you agree?