What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the use of electronic information and communication technologies (e.g. audio and video calls) to provide and support medical and dental care. It is useful in diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental information and education.
Why choose telemedicine / teledentistry?
Many dental problems can be avoided and solved with consultation only
There are a lot of dental health issues which can be prevented and treated at home if you are guided properly. Consultation over the phone or video call is equally efficient as an in-office dental visit.
Improve dental hygiene of patients
Visits to dental offices are usually low. People in Pakistan usually go to a dentist only when they have pain or any other oral health problem. Routine visits to dentists are almost negligible. Using telemedicine / teledentistry, healthcare workers can easily get in touch with the patients. They can provide them oral health tips and hygiene instructions.
Telemedicine is more affordable than in-office consultation
Telemedicine / Teledentistry reduces the travel expenses. It reduces the cost of care and increases efficiency.
Improve access to care for patients
Majority of The Pakistani population is living in rural areas. There they do not have access to dentists and other healthcare services. Teledentistry eliminates the need to travel long distances. It can help and guide the staff available in that locality. It also allows dentists to increase their reach. They can treat patients beyond their office boundaries
Telemedicine is useful when you have to take a second opinion
Sometimes patients want to have a second opinion before starting a procedure and they do not know where to go. Telemedicine / teledentistry provides a platform where you can have a second opinion. You can consult best dentists across the globe by sitting at your home.
Follow-up appointments are super-important in healthcare delivery. However, there is no denying the fact that it puts a lot of pressure on clinics and healthcare providers. With telemedicine, the pressure can be significantly minimized.
Telemedicine is good for kids
It’s especially useful for children who have phobia of dentists. Parents can consult from the comforts of their home.
It is estimated that on an average a doctor spends 20 minutes on a dental patient in office. It is only around 17% of the total time a person has to spare to get to a dental office. Teledentistry saves all the travel time.
While other dental clinics close during the night, teledentistry is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.