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OCTOBER issue /2021
VEterinary Telemedicine and Teleconsultation: animal health just a click away
Have you ever imagined being able to have a tool that breaks any physical and geographical barrier?
Providing medical care to your patients without necessarily having them in your appointment room?
How would you increase your client's satisfaction by reducing the animal's stress and anxiety during the clinic visits?
Ask for a second medical opinion and even broaden your knowledge together with veterinary specialists recognized by the European and American Colleges, at any time of the day without limitations ?
With Vetexpertise all this will be a reality, thanks to Telemedicine and Teleconsultation!
These are our main working tools and consist in providing health care to our pets anywhere in the world, using communication technologies accessible to everyone, such as our computer, our cell phone or any social app that we use every day to communicate with our friends and family.
Telemedicine and Teleconsultation are terms that have been used synonymously. But they have quite different meanings and uses. See the differences and see how these two tools are crucial to your daily clinical practice.
What is after all veterinary telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the online communication via webcam between the veterinary doctor and the animal's guardian. It allows consultations to be carried out quickly and efficiently, without the need for the guardian to go to the veterinary clinic.
This way you organize your schedule so you can work from the comfort of your home, avoiding excessive hours in the veterinary clinic and improving the entire operation and organization of your clinic, by avoiding long waiting periods by clients in the waiting room of your clinic.
Examples of consultations that can and should be done online (which do not require a prescription): post-surgical control, nutrition consultations, control consultations of any specialty area, communication of laboratory and imaging exam results, clarification of doubts.
What is after all veterinary teleconsultation?
In veterinary medicine, medical veterinary specialties are accredited by the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Veterinary Teleconsultation is a service exclusively for veterinarians, which involves communication between the veterinarian and these veterinary specialists recognized by the European and American College.
With Vetexpertise this communication is done through a digital platform in 16 pet veterinary specialty areas.
This means that you can clarify your clinical doubts and challenges, send us the most complicated/challenging clinical cases to receive help from our veterinary specialists.
Everything you need to ensure the best veterinary medical care for your patients is just a click away.
How has it been used?
Contrary to what you may think, this is not a futuristic idealization. Telemedicine and Teleconsultation have been in use for several years and has reached several milestones that have changed the world of medicine.
What advantages does Telemedicine and Teleconsultation provide?
As recently as 2020, teleradiography was the fastest growing area of telemedicine/teleconsultation and North America was the country where telemedicine was used the most (Grand View Research, 2021).
There are numerous advantages of telemedicine, as it allows you to:
- Provide medical care to patients from remote areas;
- Provide timely and effective care, even if there is a shortage of health professionals in your clinic/hospital;
- Contain costs in the area of human resources and travel;
- Share medical opinions with reference animal health professionals from various clinical areas;
- Have calm animals with low stress levels, since they can be in their homes with their guardians;
- Verify abnormal behaviors that are occurring at the moment, such as an episode of epilepsy;
- Acquire a greater number of clients and a larger casuistry;
- Expand knowledge and clinical areas under study;
- Convenience and ease of use.
Are Telemedicine and Teleconsultation two tools with a future?
Nowadays, telemedicine and Teleconsultation incorporates a growing market.
According to the National Health Service (SNS) of Portugal, teleconsultations in 2020 reached 19,492 and in the current year are already counted in 154,672,in a country whose population is 10.28 million.
In our Veterinary Medicine sector, Grand View Research reported in 2021 that telemedicine in Europe and North America is expected to have an annual growth of 19.0% by 2028.
If you are interested in learning more about this very useful and effective tool, please contact our services and see by yourself how telemedicine can change your life. Together we can definitely improve!