Video consultations in healthcare present an approximation of face-to-face interaction and are a “visual upgrade” of widely used telephone consultations. Video consultations with Online Doctor have been found to be effective, safe, and provide high satisfaction in patients and healthcare providers.
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual consultations (also called telemedicine consultations) with online doctors were on the rise, with many healthcare systems advocating a digital-first approach. At the start of the pandemic in Dubai, many GPs and specialists turned to video consultations to reduce patient flow through healthcare facilities and limit infectious exposures. Video and telephone consultations also enable clinicians who are well but have to self-isolate, or who fall into high-risk groups and require shielding, to continue providing medical care. There is immense scope for video consultations with online doctors in Dubai and it includes management of diabetes, hypertension, asthma, stroke, psychiatric illnesses, cancers, and chronic pain. Video consultations can also be used for triage and management of a wide range of acute conditions, including, for example, emergency eye care triage
Video consultations with online doctors in Dubai may not be suitable for the first consultation for chronic conditions. It may also be challenging to distinguish non-emergencies from emergencies through video consultations: if in doubt, err on the side of caution and switch to a face-to-face consultation. Video consultations may fall short of the gold standard of face-to-face consultations, but for many patients, not having to take time off work and avoiding potential exposure to Covid-19 infection will be considered “good enough.”
First Response Healthcare is a Dubai based & JCI Accredited Home Healthcare Organization (www.firstresponse.ae) that provides video consultation and prescription delivery service. Based on assessment by the doctor, the video consultation may be upgraded to a face-to-face home visit consultation for detailed clinical examination and onsite treatment. We also provide Covid test in Dubai with advanced safety measures. Learn more by visiting website of First Response Healthcare.