There seems to be an app for everything these days, and now that includes doctor visits—but just how effective can telemedicine be?
Doctor on Demand places medicine at your fingertips, as patients are able to browse through the app and research where each care provider went to school, previous practices, awards, etc.
The app gives patients the power to hand-pick their doctors and schedule a video call around their schedule. Telemedicine can eliminate distance barriers and make physician and psychological care more accessible to those in remote locations, because all you need is an Internet connection and compatible electronic device.
So whether you’re wondering what made you sick on a cruise or you’re worried about your emotional health after losing a loved one, Doctor on Demand has you covered, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of medical issues, pediatrics, psychology and lactation.
Plus, to ensure patients are seeing a well-qualified doctor, Doctor on Demand promises to only hire board certified, American trained doctors, and the cost of a doctor visit is affordable, only $40.
But Doctor on Demand isn’t solely for medical issues, you can also receive counseling in the comfort of your home. Right now, it takes an average of 25 days to see a psychiatrist or psychologist, and that wait time leaves nearly half of patients with mental health issues untreated.
With the cost of $50 for 25 minutes or $95 for 50 minutes, those struggling with mental illness can eliminate lengthy waiting periods and receive counseling almost immediately.
What can Doctor on Demand help with?
- Medical: Cold & Flu, Sore Throat, UTIs, Travel, Sports Injuries, Skin Issues / Rashes, Diarrhea & Vomiting, Eye Conditions and General medical questions, “Should I go in for this or not?”
- Psychological: Stress and Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Depression, Changes in Mood, Obsessions and Compulsions, Trauma and Loss, Alcohol and Tobacco, Addictions, Eating Problems
- Pediatrics: Pediatric Triage, Cold & Flu, Skin Issues and Rashes
- Lactation: Sore Nipples, Relationship Issues, Milk Production, Plugged Ducts & Mastitis, Returning to Work, Weight Gain, Feeding Issues, Teething / Biting
But Doctor on Demand is more than just an app—it also acts as a social network for doctors and patients.
From their website to their Twitter feed, patients and doctors can interact with one another, ask questions, and keep up to date with the latest and greatest advice and medical advances from licensed professionals.
Pros and Cons of Telemedicine
Pro: Doctor on Demand eliminates the need to pay for insurance, and uninsured individuals can still see a doctor and obtain prescriptions.
Con: Doctor on Demand says they have far more doctors applying for work than job openings. The reason for this is because doctors can supplement their own hours, and without lengthy paperwork and set appointments, doctors are able to see more patients than they would at a traditional practice.
Pro: Free to download, Doctor on Demand is compatible with Android, Google Play and iOS 7.0 or later
Con: Doctor on Demand isn’t available in all 50 states. Doctor On Demand is available in the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
So, what do you think? Can a video chat accurately diagnose and treat patients? Will face-to-face doctor visits soon be used solely to treat serious and life-long conditions?