Since the entire world is facing a deadly pandemic of COVID-19, most of the countries are under complete lockdown. Because of this issue, many fields have faced the challenge of working remotely. Clinical and medicinal services are also one of them.
Telemedicine has been on the rising chart since this pandemic. It was previously used mostly in rural areas because of the lack of proper facilitation centers, clinics, and hospitals, but now it is getting popular in urban sites as well. Doctors can now use interactive communication devices such as smartphones and laptops to audio and video chat with their patients.
Although it is beneficial, there are many laws implemented by US states that oppose the use of this service. A lot of legal and insurance problems have been added to the normal working, which is affecting the situation. Small clinics and independent doctors are providing consultations, but they are not as professional as the one-to-one interaction. Many other factors, such as payment, procedure, and platform for this service, are also a source of the problem.
A simple conversation between the patient and the clinician or just the discussion of the symptoms online is not enough. Medicine field contains far more requirements than having just a smartphone with the internet. Although a lot of medical consultation is available online, it is far more difficult as compared to normal working. Measurement of temperature, gathering data, blood oxygenation, etc. is difficult over the internet as it requires a pulse oximeter at both ends.
But this situation cannot be changed until the improvement, adaptation to this new world is the best and only policy we have. Everyone is concerned about infection control, so remote working is preferred mostly. Because of this, federal laws are changing. The type of care and the age group of people available for telemedicine service is 65 currently. Still, these rules are taken into consideration according to the rising chart of the coronavirus.