It may seem like Star Trek, but telemedicine is catching on statewide for all sorts of health and wellness uses. Online video consultations are especially useful in helping medical cannabis patients find safe access to legal medicine. There is no substitute for a face to face consultation with your doctor. But there many things do not require a visit to the office: Follow-ups, questions, checking in, and other opportunities to speak with a health professional can be done via telemedicine, like “FaceTime” for healthcare.
What Is Telemedicine?
Tech advancements are showing benefits within the medical field, and these advances have led to the internet and video becoming an important part of this ever changing industry. Telemedicine allows a doctor to diagnose, treat, or give advice to their patients regardless of their geographical location. They are able to do this by utilizing readily available telecommunication software (similar to Skype or Facetime) to enable them to give their patients a real time consultation over the internet.
Of course the doctors must be licensed in the State of California to treat you online, as they would in a clinic or hospital. In an emergency, dial 911 or run to the urgent care. For a check in or renewal with a doctor, just click 420MDrenewals.com.
Along with the technological advancements there have also been huge changes in the way certain medical conditions are treated, one of these changes is the prescription of medical marijuana for a multitude of diseases and illnesses. In California, telemedicine is used by many hospitals, HMOs and general practitioners to consult with patients between visits. For the medical cannabis patient, this can save a trip to the clinic.
The Benefits Of Telemedicine
The most significant benefit that telemedicine provides is the ability for patients to have access to any specialists or information that they may need, without them actually having to travel to wherever their nearest specialist is based. This is very important in rural communities where high quality medical care is not readily available. For a specialty like cannabis medicine where practitioners are usually in larger centers, this puts medical cannabis consultations within reach of all Californians.
This means that people can get their medical marijuana card renewals from the comfort of their own home after a short online consultation with licensed physician.
Within The Cannabis Industry
In compliance with California law, 420 MD doctors (such as our own Dr. Laurence E. Badgley, MD) can consult patients and renew a recommendation for medical marijuana after a virtual visit, this makes medical marijuana cards a lot more accessible for patients. Not just rural patients, but even urban ones. It can take an hour to drive from the foothills, but is can also take an hour to drive into a clinic and find parking!
Unlike conventional medicines, medical cannabis can actually be grown at home by the patient, as a result all they may need from their doctor is advice about how they can treat their specific illness with medical marijuana. Information they require via telehealth from the doctor such as dosage recommendations, strain recommendations, and a general overview of how the medical marijuana will help with their ailments, are just a video call away. The doctors at 420 MD can give a plan tailored to the specific patient stating which cannabinoids would be best suited to treat their illness and how much of said medicine they should be taking each time they medicate.
If you are a current 420 MD patient, we are launching a telemedicine portal to facilitate renewals and consultations with clinic staff and licensed physicians. Your privacy is paramount, and we follow HIPAA guidelines for health information security and privacy. Our technology partners use the latest in encryption and protection for your health data.
Check the renewals page to set up a telehealth appointment to consult with 420 MD and have your recommendation renewed. Any smart phone or PC with a camera can easily access the 420 MD telehealth platform. A renewal consultation is just a few clicks away.