Telemedicine makes physician visits easy, convenient, comfortable
What was once only an idea depicted in science fiction or cartoon shows about what future communication would be, has become reality. Using a smart phone, watch or even a tablet to communicate were inconceivable. To think Jane Jetson didn’t take her son Elroy to the doctor when he was sick, but instead scheduled a telemedicine visit which in 1962 was really a “far out” concept. Telemedicine, as depicted by Hanna-Barbera, is now in practice but according to historians, telemedicine, or the remote diagnosis and treatment for patients by means of telecommunication actually has been used as early as 1615 when messengers rode from village to village to relate medical advice and/or deliver potions and medicine. As technology improved so did the forms of communication including smoke signals, drums, horns, telegraph, telephone and eventually to today’s computers.
However, the pandemic forced healthcare providers to find ways to see and treat patients safely without them having to leave home. Telemedicine for everyone soon became the “new normal.” While many were reluctant at first, the option quickly caught on.
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Steven Chudik with the Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine Injury Clinic in Westmont and Western Springs, Illinois, offers clinic and telemedicine appointments for patients’ convenience. To schedule an appointment call 630-324-0402 or schedule on Dr. Chudik’s website.