You’ve been hearing it all over the news, on Facebook, Twitter and the likes… startups are sprouting like mushrooms all around the region. It seems that the world of innovation isn’t about to hit the brakes anytime soon, and the healthcare industry is quickly following suit.
I got to give credit where credit is due though. Thanks to entrepreneurs that strive to ‘make the world a better place’, our day-to-day lives are perpetually made more convenient. Remember back in the day, when you would have to walk down the street in the sweltering heat to hail a cab. Who in the world would have thought, one day you’d be able to order a personal chauffeur via mobile?
Well, two individuals did, and they stemmed up enough courage to take the plunge! Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick turned the idea into a reality, which was a stepping stone towards revolutionising the traditional cab-hailing system. And today, we have Uber (and of course the Asian counterpart, Grab). But what I’d like to highlight is this… people like you and I gave the bizarre idea a chance. I mean come on, the thought of hopping into a stranger’s car would have seemed extremely daunting back then, and yet, you gave it a shot.
It comes as no surprise that the healthcare industry is intent on following suit, to use technology to significantly evolve and improve the delivery of care. To put simply, Telemedicine is the usage of communication technologies and digital information such as your computer, tablets and mobile devices to manage your health and well-being.
Here comes the introduction, TeleMe is a healthcare startup that utilises technology to connect you to doctors and pharmacists. Think – you can now talk to a doctor online and have your medication delivered to you. Convenience at it’s best.
HOW DOES TELEME MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE CONVENIENT?
1) Unsure of which doctor to consult? No problem, let us connect you to the most suitable one within minutes!
When you wake up in the morning feeling absolutely under the weather, and it is impossible to get to work… you take the day off to rest, right? But no, instead of resting, you’ve got to get up and drag your feet to the doctor’s to get yourself diagnosed for an MC.
Don’t you hate it when that happens? But this is where TeleMe comes to play.
- Get onto www.teleme.co
- Type out your symptoms and click on ‘Talk To A Doctor’
- We will connect you to the most suitable doctor in minutes!
Note: I know this begs the question in many of your minds, ‘how can a doctor diagnose me without physically touching me?’ Technology constantly breaks traditional barriers, and I am convinced very soon, technology that enables remote body checkups/scans will be employed. But until then, home thermometers and basic healthcare kits can assist your doctor with more accurate diagnosis, in relation to your usual cold, flu and fever symptoms.
2) Don’t want to wait for hours in the hospital? Problem solved – book an online consultation with a doctor!
Something feels off somewhere, but you aren’t sure. It’s that buzzing headache you’ve been experiencing for days, a lower back pain that doesn’t seem to go away, perpetual bouts of indigestion and acid reflux, or a recurring sore throat that keeps getting worse. Many a times, symptoms like these show and you worry a little, but at the same time, feel it isn’t serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. So, you just put it on the back-burner. Here’s the problem – that little discomfort you’ve been feeling could be a sign of an underlying issue, and sometimes, ignorance is not bliss. With TeleMe, you can book an appointment and engage in a teleconsultation with a doctor/health practitioner to discuss what you’re going through and discover available options to move forward (for a much cheaper price than that at the hospital). What’s great about this is, you’ll be able to gain peace of mind, move in the right direction and save yourself a trip to the hospital. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.
I have a back problem (even at my young and tender age… hah, who am I kidding) and I used to have to go to the hospital every once a month for follow-up, refill of medication or to collect test results. It was a pain, if you ask me. Taking a day off just to commute to and fro the hospital (don’t let me get started on traffic), wait for hours even though I’ve made an appointment with the specialist… and then to only have a brief 5-minute consultation. Say what? But now, if I have to see my doctor 10 times in the span of 10 months, I get to do 5 consultations online. How wonderful is that! TeleMe does not substitute traditional doctor’s consultation, but what it does is complement the system – to make it more convenient for people like you and I whenever possible.
3) Ran out of medication and in need of a refill? But too lazy to drive all the way to the hospital for another appointment with the doctor?
There are days when you wake up and realise you’ve ran out of prescription medicine. And the only way to get a refill is to make your way to the hospital, wait to see a doctor to get another round of prescription.
How about getting yourself a prescription on-demand. How does it work? Just get on TeleMe and request for a refill for an existing prescription. You can snap a picture of your medication and upload it to our system and voila! It’s really that simple. Alternatively, if your doctor has issued you a prescription, you can order your medication on TeleMe.
You can either choose to have your medication delivered to you or pick it up from your nearest selected pharmacy.
4) Too lazy to run to the pharmacy to buy your essentials?
Now, you can do it online. Buy your cough syrup, anti-dandruff shampoo or health supplements from www.shop.teleme.co, and we’ll have ’em delivered to you! What’s even better – you won’t need to pay a penny for delivery, because it’s on us – for a limited time period!
On our online store, we have curated a selection of the most effective products and off-the-counter medication for a variety of categories. For example if you’re down with a cough and sore throat, just click on that category and there you have it – medication that will make you feel better instantaneously!
5) Are you googling for answers to your health related questions? How about asking a health practitioner for free?
When we feel unwell, most of us would turn to Google for answers.
Here’s the problem with googling health symptoms, anyone can publish content online, therefore, when you google for answers, the search engine does its best to pair results that match the search term used, without factoring credence and crediblity. Your answers can come from a variety of sources from reputable medical sites to Wikipedia articles and open forums. Some of these information maybe entirely inaccurate.
On top of that, googling health symptoms can cause anxiety. I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, but I sure can. Results that relate to a form of cancer or suggest surgery would usually be the case, and it can potentially paralyse you with fear and serious anxiety – especially true for people who are already afraid of health problems. This phenomenon is so common, it has a name – cyberchondria.
Cyberchondriacs turn to the web for comfort about their health issues, instead of certified health practitioners. Because the internet provides information covering the least to most severe cases of medical conditions, it becomes very easy for us to feel paranoid – convincing ourselves that the situation is far worse than it actually is.
So, why ask a stranger (in the form of Google) for answers when you can ask a panel of qualified doctors and get an accurate and credible answer within minutes for free on www.teleme.co?
6) Join the online healthcare community!
Think of it as the health version of the Facebook community. Here you can send a doctor a favourite request (just like sending a friend request on FB), ask questions, receive expert advice and find solutions from health practitioners and peers within the community. Feel comfortable talking about health issues you or your family are facing, and find solutions from experts and peers within the community.
JOIN THE FAST-GROWING HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY FOR FREE!
Sign up on www.teleme.co and voila! Be part of the new normal as we move forward in redefining the delivery of healthcare in Malaysia. Invest in you and your family’s future and join our community at www.teleme.co.