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The Teledoctor Will See You Now 

Telemedicine is calling—offering more choice and convenience in healthcare.

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With today's e-scribing technology, doctors can do almost everything electronically. "You can write a note in a patient's electronic medical record, send a prescription to their pharmacy, order labs, do medical marijuana certification or primary care," says Perlov. "Everything from counseling to lifestyle changes to nutrition and medications can go through this e-scribing portal." For people in remote areas, or housebound patients, telemedicine can be transformative. "An isolated mom who is depressed or anxious, and who doesn't have time to see a doctor, can get telemedicine therapy or find groups online and get tremendous support," adds Perlov.

Geffert, too, sees countless possibilities for everyday use with her family. "My daughter is going to college next year and will be 3,000 miles away. I like knowing that she'll be able to take care of some things with just a quick video visit through Doctor on Demand. When we're traveling I can also see it being very handy, because if something goes wrong we're just a video conference away from a doctor." Her only gripe is that she didn't have the technology earlier, when her children were small. "All those trips to the pediatrician for pink eye could have been avoided."

Telemedicine offers more choice and convenience in a field that, until now, was never known for handing out consumer-friendly alternatives. But it is only one piece of the puzzle of how to fix modern healthcare and keep people healthy. "I don't think telemedicine should completely replace traditional medicine," says Perlov. "But it can certainly augment it and make it better."

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