Almost everyone has a story about someone who has made a stressful or difficult trip to the pharmacy for prescription drugs only to arrive and find lines of impatient customers and long wait times. On top of the long hours that many pharmacies operate, it can be hard for both employee and customer to handle when pharmacies are not well equipped or staffed properly with enough pharmacists on duty. Hopefully, the situation has improved as more pharmacies and pharmacy technicians are be trained to handle telemedicine or remote healthcare delivery.
Telehealth is a relatively new style of medication delivery that is entering the medical industry, but it has been around for quite some time. It involves using telecommunications to make the patient and doctor more readily connected through various forms of interaction. Most commonly, this is done through video conferencing, phone or email, but other forms of telemedicine are being explored and implemented by many companies.
The biggest problem with telehealth is the equipment, and it is constantly changing. The past few years have seen a huge increase in medical technology, and it is constantly growing. Telehealth has become more popular with the development of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. The most common form of telemedicine delivery is emailing pills to patients who are on long term medicine.
Telehealth was used recently by Apple to deliver the new iOS 8 health kit app that enables users to track their health statistics, such as weight, blood pressure, or glucose levels via an app to monitor their medication and how they are doing during treatment. This new method of medication delivery is considered to be a game changer for patients who are constantly busy and on the go.