The above is a video providing a basic explanation of telemedicine, which is a new initiative we are committed to implementing both with our homeless clinics and also, in due course, overseas. Although the above information is not primarily aimed at the nonprofit sector, there are many advantages for us in what we strive to do to help our clients.
1. Regularity of service - it is important to have regular clinic hours so that our patients know when they can be seen. This can be difficult when the schedules of volunteers are challenging and knowing that there will always to telemedicine available, allows for easier planning and more important, improved patient service
2. Quality of service - health is not always (in fact is almost never!) predictable! Having availability of telehealth services allows us to see, diagnose and treat patients far sooner than if they had to await the physical presence of a doctor in the clinic
3. Range of treatments - effective telehealth is not just about "seeing" patients online. We are able to carry out a consultation, write prescriptions to be picked up locally, order tests and lab work as well as organize referrals where necessary. All of these support the actual online consultation and allow the patient to be treated much faster
4. Easier for the patient - let's face it, none of us particularly like having to wait around in a surgery space especially in the winter where we may be exposed to flu bugs etc. while we wait. With telemedicine patients can benefit from seeing a physician from a "home" location and avoid these issues. As we have mentioned before, WOFKC is dedicated to providing access to healthcare resources - being able to access a physician online goes a long way to achieving that.
Watch this space for more information on our telemedicine solutions!