Earlier today, we read an article from Inquirer.net written by Michael L. Tan. It was about his medical consultation experience during the pandemic. We all know that this is not the best time to get sick. One, it’s too risky to go out. Two, it can cause panic. However, there are a few instances that we need to visit our physicians for other health conditions. We’re pretty sure pregnant women can relate. Whether we like it or not, a trip to a hospital or medical clinic is necessary. But have you ever thought what could be the future of medical consultations?
Medical consultations in the future
Online medical consultation
Since we all have to limit physical or face-to-face contact, medical practitioners are using technology to offer medical consultation. It gives both parties peace of mind.
As of the moment, doctors use messenger and other software to help their patients. How it works is that you will book a consultation schedule with your physician, and they will take it from there. If there are necessary procedures or other recommendations such as X-rays or MRI, then you will be endorsed accordingly.
There are also apps that can help you schedule an appointment with your doctor. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Tata Health
This concept might be new to others, but a number of countries have been using this approach for quite some time. We can expect the same in the coming future.
Patients will need to wait longer
In case you have to physically visit a clinic for a check-up, expect that you have to wait longer. While you are already scheduled for an appointment, take note that there could be extra forms you need to complete. To ensure safety, we recommend having your own pen all the time. Or at least have a sanitizer or alcohol to disinfect.
Plastic coverings/separators everywhere
You can already notice a lot of establishments using plastics to avoid direct contact. Of course, hospitals are no exemption. It could be uneasy at first, but seeing these plastic separators remind us to be more cautious about social distancing. We are learning a lot from this pandemic, and hopefully, these practices will be carried on in the future.
PPE for healthcare workers
There’s already a surge of demand in terms of PPEs for healthcare workers for reasons already obvious. Now, more than ever, they need to protect themselves. Otherwise, how can they serve and help patients? For those who do not know, PPEs are incredibly uncomfortable, and it is more challenging to move around. Nevertheless, healthcare workers have to prioritize their safety.
In some regions, drones are used to carry out medical supplies, and this could be a great alternative instead of transporting materials using traditional vehicles. It is proven to be faster and more efficient. Others are already looking into the option of using drones to get and deliver samples. But of course, there’s a small margin for error, and the process needs to be perfected.
Fortunately, with the technology we have, this is not impossible.
How about you? What do you think will be the future of medical consultations around the globe? Share your thoughts with us.