Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Marijuana?

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August 15, 2018
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Telemedicine is considered by some to be the next biggest thing in modern healthcare worldwide and is a prime example of how technology is being used to shake up an industry to make them run as smoothly and as efficient as possible, to meet client’s needs. Telemedicine was designed initially for the problem of Canadians who are unable to have instant access to a medical professional when they most needed it, whether it is because they are house bound or because they live in such a remote area with limited healthcare. It has however been responsible for streamlining the process of receiving healthcare for absolutely everybody in Canada, because it is no longer necessary to visit a red-brick building to seek the healthcare advice you need. It is no surprise then that telemedicine is considered the future of the healthcare industry. Certain branches of the medical marijuana industry have decided that using a device such as a laptop or a smart phone to connect to a patient who requires medicinal marijuana directly to a healthcare professional who can provide the medicine is best and most efficient way to do it. One such company that provides an online telemedicine service for medicinal marijuana is NamasteMD.  

Telemedicine for Medicinal Cannabis

One general aspect of telemedicine and telehealth that streamlines it use is its ability to connect a patient with a specific need e.g. back pain, to a person within the medical industry that specialises in that particular field. It doesn’t require any of the parties to travel any distance to benefit, and it doesn’t require for the local specialist in that particular field to become available, you could access any specialist in that field across the whole country. In addition to this, some more traditional healthcare clinics in Canada are less inclined to prescribe medical cannabis due to stigma attached to its use, despite cannabis being legal for medicinal use since 2001. Therefore, what better to have a dedicated platform, such as NamasteMD, that is up-to-date with modern day healthcare that connects people with a specific requirement to a medical cannabis expert at a telemedicine clinic, and at no cost to the patient. Sean Dollinger, the CEO of NamasteMD says, “We find that many people prefer our service over going to their family physician for a variety of reasons. There are also situations in which some doctors simply won’t prescribe medical cannabis [for whatever reason], so patients are not even given that choice, even if they ask for it because other medications are simply not working,” “A lot of people also come to us because they want to help their kids or their parents while they are visiting them. Through our service, they can sit down with a loved one and talk — via phone or video-conference — with a doctor about medical cannabis, and together, they will be walked through the process, all without having to take time off work or out of their busy schedule,” The general trend of increasing use of telemedicine across Canada indicates a strong future for telemedicine within the healthcare industry, for now just in Canada, but in the future across other countries around the world.

NamasteMD

If you currently have a medical cannabis prescription that needs updating or you believe that you may require a cannabis prescription for an ailment you may have and wish to speak to a dedicated healthcare professional, you can do this through NamasteMD. Start by either accessing the website www.NamasteMD.com or downloading the app on your smartphone and start by filling in a form that contains your medical information. From here you will book a telemedical appointment via video chat with one of our medical team who will be able to discuss the best options for your position, all within 24 hours. “Right now, we are offering up to 70 appointments a day across the platform, but there is real scalability with our service, there can be up to 500 plus available appointments every day, given the rising demand,” says Dollinger. “The video system makes it a safe legal and legitimate environment for patients who actually need medical cannabis.” One important aspect of NamasteMD and the telemedical communication is that we aim to not sacrifice medical quality within the convenience of the service that we offer.