In 19th century America, it wasn’t that unusual for towns and cities across the country to enjoy a privilege that is far more rare today; a housecall from a doctor. Back then, the idea of a doctor making a housecall was not so much a matter of convenience as pragmatism. Before interstate highways, medical clinics, and most families owning at least one automobile, it made more logistical sense for a doctor to come to the home of a patient, than for a family to try to get a sick person to the doctor’s office.
The 20th century did away with most of that, as now it was much easier for a family to put a sick person into a car, and drive on smooth roads for a few miles to the nearest modern hospital to get treatment under sterile conditions, with proper equipment and trained professionals. This turnabout, while more efficient in some ways, is now experiencing problems of its own. It’s not unusual now for hospitals to be overwhelmed with patients, as waiting lists grow, and bed availability shrinks. This is a natural consequence of the combination of population growth, an aging population more prone to medical conditions, and thus in need of more medical attention, and infrastructure for hospitals and clinics not necessarily growing fast enough to meet the demand.
Going Back Home
This has led to a new evaluation in the value of the “virtual hospital.” This is a concept that looks at the very specific types of conditions that some patients face, and, if the condition is deemed safe enough to treat at home, allows a patient to remain at home, rather than undergo hospitalization. This means that some people may be able to eliminate a costly, time-consuming visit from the hospital, and in some cases, only deal with a phone call, video chat, or other means of digital interaction with a medical expert, getting the same kind of medical advice and consultation that would have occurred with a visit to a clinic or hospital.
Saving Time & Stress
The two biggest issues with a visit to a hospital, especially for something as routine as a follow-up evaluation, or consultation, is that this often takes much time out of the day and can be a very stressful experience. A virtual hospital program, such as the Medically Home Program, takes the need to plan out transport time to the hospital or clinic, waiting time before seeing the medical professional, and return time all out of the equation. It makes everything more convenient and more efficient for everyone.