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Virtual or online transactions have become a major part of everyday life, from communication to food and material acquisition. Doctors appointments are now taking the same path through telemedicine. Physical appointments used to be a routine for doctors, until the pandemic forced practitioners to adjust and move their practices online.

We cannot say the process is seamless. There are physicians that have adjusted well and others that have struggled with the transition to virtual appointments. Technology is not the only problem in the virtual visit process. A major part of the issue with virtual appointments is that many cannot be completed online and require patient and physician attendance. Though some symptoms can be observed, there are others that require physical examinations that cannot be easily distinguished or done through a video call.

Some conditions are becoming easier to treat at home with the use of wearables and remote patient monitoring devices. Through these practitioners can monitor their patients and make appropriate diagnoses when the need arises real-time. These devices may not be foolproof, concrete solutions, but they are a step in the right direction making up for what can’t be easily done during these challenging times.

Reference: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/08/31/907187908/as-telemedicine-replaces-the-physical-exam-what-are-doctors-missing

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Kate Vergara

Kate is a Xilium writer and a former lifestyle and business assistant editor at a local Philippine newspaper. She holds a degree in pharmacy and literature, so her writing spans holistic and alternative health, medicine blog articles, and advertising and legal services. She enjoys blogging, poetry, and short fiction and has published in indie zines and anthologies.
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