Deeper Look: How Can You Get Treatment with Rapid Med On Demand?
May 11, 2018
Rapid Med On Demand is our service that lets you get urgent care treatment from your phone. It makes the process more convenient and significantly reduces the time it takes to get treatment. However, you might wonder how it works? Here’s the answer.
How Can You Get Treatment with Rapid Med On Demand?
At Rapid Med, we’re devoted to providing the most convenient care possible. One of the best ways that we can get this done is with Rapid Med On Demand. It allows us to diagnose an illness through video call, and immediately send the medication you need to your local pharmacy. The process often takes less time than it would take you to get to our facility.
There is no doubt that Rapid Med On Demand is changing medical care. Technology like this is the future of medical care. However, you might be left wondering how, exactly, this works. The idea is too futuristic to be true, isn’t it? Can you really receive care over the phone? Of course, you can! Phones can do a lot nowadays. Let’s take a deeper look into how Rapid Med On Demand works.
The First Thing You Need to Understand
Before we go any further, it’s important to understand this: Rapid Med On Demand can’t be used to diagnose or treat everything.
In fact, Rapid Med On Demand can treat a very specific list of illnesses. This includes most major illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu, and a few less common issues, such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections. Many things cannot be treated with video calls alone. For example, it would be incredibly difficult to treat illnesses such as whiplash online.
Through video call, we can diagnose illnesses with a visual element. Rashes are a clear example of this. If a doctor spends a short time studying a rash, they’ll be able to determine the cause of it. There is no ambiguity about whether or not it’s a rash. Illnesses which require significant testing can be difficult to diagnose even if you’re seeing the doctor in person.
Similarly, illnesses with an auditory element can be treated through a call with a good degree of certainty. Bronchitis might be the best example of this. In many ways, bronchitis can seem to be the flu. The symptoms are incredibly close and almost indistinguishable to someone who isn’t trained. However, they cause very different coughs. While coughs as a result of the flu tend to sound wet, bronchitis causes a raspier, dry cough.
In addition to this, a doctor cannot provide care online. If your shoulder was dislocated, a doctor couldn’t reach through your phone and set it back in place. However, they can provide medication from afar. Because of this, On Demand can only treat illnesses which can be solved with prescription medication.
Playing Your Part in Your Care
Beyond audio and visual elements, care through video call also requires patient compliance. It is always important that a patient answers questions presented to them truthfully and accurately. A doctor never asks questions without reason.
Sickness is a subjective experience. If a doctor could get inside your head and experience what you’re experiencing, then diagnosis would be much easier. Unfortunately, they can’t feel exactly what a patient is feeling. As a result, they must do their best with the information presented to them.
If you want the best possible care, you should seek to answer the doctor’s questions as best as you can. This will make the process easier on both sides and will allow the doctor to provide an accurate treatment plan.
The 2 Things You Need to Do to Be a Great Patient
The first thing you can do to be a great patient is this: answer your doctor’s questions as specifically as possible. You can never give a doctor too much information. (Okay, you can give a doctor too much information, but you know where the line is.) If there is ambiguity in the answers you provide, it can not only steer the doctor away from the truth but might also lead them to a wrong conclusion. Similarly, any dishonesty in your answers is detrimental. If you’re a smoker, for example, you might try to hide that from your doctor. This will only serve to muddle your symptoms. It’s better to get lectured than to get misdiagnosed.
If you want to provide the best answers you can, try to write down your symptoms as you experience them. Often patients aren’t being intentionally ambiguous or dishonest, but they are unsure of what they were feeling or how to phrase it. You can prevent this by notetaking. If you start coughing, write that down. Does anything stand out about it? Is the cough standalone or coming in fits? Does it feel dry? This is all pertinent information.
In addition to paying attention to your answers, you should feel free to ask questions. What information does your doctor need from you? What do they think it might be? Why? Remember that a visit to the doctor is a conversation, not a lecture. Your doctors are just as happy to answer questions as they are to ask.
A common issue is a non-answer, or an answer the patient isn’t sure is correct when a doctor begins using medical terms or relative terms. For example, you might not be sure what a dry cough constitutes when your doctor asks. You say yes, cause you’re pretty sure it’s right. In this scenario, it is best to ask for clarification.
The Process of Elimination
“Process of elimination” is a phrase you likely heard during school, though you may have forgotten it since. Here’s a refresher for those who have. The process of elimination is a method that you can use to find right answers by disqualifying all the wrong ones. It’s used mostly on multiple choice tests. If you can determine that A, B, and D are incorrect, then C has to be the right answer.
Medical diagnosis is a multiple choice test. Let’s say that a patient has a runny nose and a cough. These could be symptoms of a nearly infinite list of illnesses. We can narrow that down easily, though. In the interest of brevity, let’s say that these are the only symptoms the patient has, and the doctor is only considering these illnesses: influenza, strep throat, bronchitis, and the common cold.
We can get rid of strep throat right away. It wouldn’t cause a runny nose. We can likely get rid of the flu, as well. If the patient isn’t experiencing fevers than it isn’t likely to be the flu. Similarly, bronchitis should cause a patient to feel fatigued, and often leads to headaches and chest tightness. Having eliminated all the other options, we can conclude that the patient has a” common cold.
Horses, Not Zebras
“If you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.” This saying has echoed through the halls of every medical school, and it’s just as true today as it was when it was first said. If you watch any TV shows about doctors, you are probably familiar with the idea. In fact, it played a pretty big part in House. The meaning of the saying is this: you should always assume the truth is whatever is most common.
Say, for example, that you are lying in bed at night when a bright, white light suddenly flashes by. You haven’t heard thunder, so it probably isn’t lightning. You think that it might be heat lightning, but it seemed to be going somewhere. It must be some sort of vehicle. Maybe it was a UFO. Or it could have been a car. Which do you think is true?
Obviously, it was a car.
In the medical field, the same principle applies. If a person comes in with red skin, it could be many things. Maybe it’s leprosy. It’s much more likely to just be a rash, though. So, it needs to be treated as such.
Meeting in the Middle
So, how does this all apply to Rapid Med On Demand?
It’s simple. Treatment through Rapid Med On Demand works the same way it does anywhere else. A doctor uses every resource available to them to provide the best diagnosis that they can. A combination of visual and auditory cues, patient input, and experience work in tandem to give the doctor all of the information that they need.
Experience does the rest of the work. Anyone who has passed medical school knows what a patient needs when they are dealing with influenza. As a result, it’s easy for them to provide care, even from a distance.
Receiving care through Rapid Med On Demand is no different than recieving care anywhere else. It’s simply more convenient. If you want to get healthy from the comfort of your own home, there is no better option. It’s not magic, and there is no catch — On Demand is just as effective as coming to see us in person.