Teleconsultation? Today it’s Possible.
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Telemedicine, whose relevance in the medical field has been recognized internationally for over a decade, helps to ensure fairness in access to treatments and qualified health care assistance in remote areas. It is a channel of direct access to high specialization that, through authorized online service centers, can help improve the patient’s treatment journey through a multidisciplinary approach, that is the interaction between specialized doctors who operate in different cities or even regions.
Telemedicine can help complete a diagnosis or allow for an in-depth analysis to define the best therapeutic plan for the treatment* of the patient. One can request a specialized medical opinion or second opinion when in possession of some basic medical documentation (medical reports and tests such as Radiography, CAT, Magnetic Resonance, Ultrasound, etc.). The medical opinion is sought from a specialized doctor, expert in that specific disease of which the patient is affected; often it is an ultra-specialized doctor in a specific pathology of a medical area (for example a lung cancer expert in the field of oncology).
Teleconsultation is in fact an alternative way with which doctors can provide a medical opinion, that is, thanks to the use of the technology, the consultation can take place via the Internet, therefore at a distance, and not necessarily simultaneously.
The advantages of online consultation compared to a medical visit in the presence of the patient are often linked to one (or more) of the following factors:
1. It is Easy
It simplifies the search of the most competent doctor who can identify the best course of treatment of a specific pathology. In addition, if a patient chooses an “unsuitable doctor" for his case he can easily be redirected without having to reschedule the assessment.
2. Quick response
The spatio-temporal barriers are overcome, reducing the time and expenses – even emotional ones – necessary to complete the therapeutic exodus, thus obtaining a response within a predefined and known timeframe: maximum 5 working days.
3. Appropriate means
The patient can transfer his medical records and radiological images to the ultraspecialista doctor in the reserved area and in the maximum protection of his own privacy. Moreover, this allows the doctor, where necessary, to share in real time his opinion with colleagues, the so-called multidisciplinary opinion.
The doctor can also suggest the patient to undergo further medical tests, essential to express his opinion but without the patient necessarily having to reach the doctor in his office. Finally, the doctor remains available for clarifications about the consultation and to plan, if necessary, surgery treatments, blood withdrawals and even hospitalization, having already analyzed the case.
According to current statistics in 80% of cases, Teleconsultation has provided precise directions, without having to resort to a traditional visit. Naturally, depending on the case, the doctor himself will decide whether, through the medical record, it is possible to give precise and exhaustive indications or if it is more appropriate to plan a visit in person.
The goal of the service and of the Ultraspecialisti.com platform is to put in contact doctors and patients in the most appropriate way and in the shortest time to facilitate the best possible treatment.
* It refers to any type of therapy that may be necessary, whether it is surgery, radiotherapy, tomotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, biological therapy, antiangiogenetics or others.
Dr. Vanesa Gregorc
Oncologo at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milano
Doctor and Surgeon specialized in Oncology, Coordinator of the Thoracic Neoplasm, Cervical-Facial and Melanoma Divisions at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan), Professor at the Vita Salute San Raffaele University. She is also Secretary of Working Group Neoplasie del Polmone of the Italian Cancer Association where she coordinates activities in various hospitals and Scientific Institutions. Vanesa Gregorc has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in Oncology, with national and international recognitions in Thoracic Neoplasms.