How Doctors are Using Telemedicine to Help Allergy Sufferers

How Doctors are Using Telemedicine to Help Allergy Sufferers

CBS This Morning aired a segment today spotlighting the emerging use of video appointments in place of in-office visits to identify and treat allergies.

While telemedicine won’t replace all in-office visits, this is yet another example of a service that healthcare providers can administer through video just as effectively as they can in person — and with the added convenience benefits.

From the article: A recent study led by allergist Tonia Elliot identified potential benefits of telemedicine including faster diagnosis and medication prescribing, lower out-of-pocket costs, and access for people in remote areas. They also found face-to-face screen time might improve the doctor-patient relationship.

“It’s all about building rapport and active listening and facial expressions that then establish that connection with a patient,” Elliot said.

The telehealth industry is expected to grow to $36 billion by 2020. Right now, 34 states and Washington D.C. require insurance companies to cover virtual visits the same as they do for office visits.

Watch the complete story on cbsnews.com.

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