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Virtual Doctor Visits in Your Grocery Store
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Jan. 31, 2013
may be struggling to pay for health care and get the insurance they
need, but at least the medical field is embracing virtual solutions for
care and administrative support. In the latest news, kiosks in local
grocery stores may soon function as virtual doctors’ offices.
Here’s the story.
“SEE THAT STETHOSCOPE? HOLD IT TO YOUR CHEST”
A company named HealthSpot is rolling out a telemedicine kiosk that may
soon appear in your local grocery or drug store. The blue-and-grey
kiosks (you can see one at http://bit.ly/11fGsW9) function as a
hobbit-sized doctor’s office. After a medical attendant checks
you in, you step into the kiosk and close the door. A doctor or nurse
then appears on-screen to guide you through the exam.
The kiosk comes with various equipment – a stethoscope, an
otoscope (the funnel-shaped instrument to check ears), scales –
which you use under the direction of the doctor or nurse. They receive
the data readout or view the problem area on camera, diagnose the
ailment, and send a prescription to your local drug store. After each
visit, the kiosk and instruments are sanitized for the next patient.
From a telework viewpoint, one of the benefits of the kiosk is that the
doctor or nurse can be located anywhere, including a home office. (For
more on the kiosks, see http://tcrn.ch/UDBwrq.)
RANGE OF TELEHEALTH JOBS WIDENING
As 70 million or so boomers reach their senior years and Americans
increasingly obtain insurance, jobs in health care are growing, and
telemedicine reflects this, too.
For example, we regularly see home-based jobs for medical
transcriptionists and coders, pharmacists, triage nurses, physician
reviewers and radiologists. The need for transcriptionists alone is so
great that employers often offer sign-on bonuses of $750 or
A good resource for home-based medical transcription job listings is
MTJobs.com. Elsewhere, employers like Precyse Solutions often hire
remote transcriptionists, coders and other professionals. (As we write,
there are over 30 remote positions in their job listings, at
Home-based nurse positions can often be found at SironaHealth.com and
FONEMED.com. According to FONEMED, their Registered Nurses
“provide telephone triage and health advice to callers across
North America. We use computerized Schmitt/Thompson triage guidelines
to assist in assessing patients’ symptoms. In addition to triage
calls, we receive questions requesting information on medical
conditions, medications, diagnostic tests, etc.”
When you call a doctor’s office for advice after hours, the call
is often routed to a home-based triage nurse like those described
above. And as you thank that friendly voice reassuring you about that
flu symptom (or diagnosing your problem in that kiosk in the drug
store), don’t forget to thank the telework movement, too.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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