The impact of telemedicine has been seen in the healthcare industry to greater extent than ever before, particularly with the implementation of technology like voice recognition software in medical practices. A primary goal of utilizing this kind of technology is to make it easier for physicians to contact patients and medical specialists regarding a variety of issues or diseases remotely through the use of either voice or text commands. This technology allows the physicians and other health care workers to assess patients more closely without having to leave the area where the patient is being treated or the office itself. Physicians are now able to address a wide range of patients’ needs by accessing them via the Internet, instead of having to physically visit each one of the locations to discuss a patient’s condition.
A second use of telemedicine services is to help with patient education. Many patients have expressed a desire to remain “in the loop” regarding their health condition. Through telemedicine, they are given the opportunity to receive continuing health education from qualified providers on a continuous basis, without having to repeatedly visit the location where the provider works. These providers can now answer questions about conditions, research and treatments, as well as reminders about medications, at any time of day, while the patients are at home or at work.