GOING TO THE VIRTUAL DOCTOR
A virtual doctor is not what you think. It isn’t a stranger that gives advice online; it’s a live physician that examines you, although not in-person.
There is a medical station created by OnMed that’s a service point for anyone (with the money or insurance) to receive professional advice in real time. But there’s more – you can receive medication, as well.
You do not need to go to the hospital, because all necessary information can be communicated thanks to this technology.
So what does it look like? You enter a booth and the doctor appears on a screen.
The OnMed station uses video cameras and diagnostic equipment that give data to the doctor. It’s not just your age and weight, but also blood pressure, respiration, blood oxygen saturation, and thermal data to detect infection.
If the data is sufficient, they make a diagnosis and give you medicine right there: each station has hundreds of the most popular drugs, or you at least get a prescription.
It also guarantees confidentiality. The door closes as soon as you enter the booth. Nobody hears the conversation outside, and the walls are opaque.
“Well,” you might say, “how does the machine know it’s me and not an imposter?”
The machine has facial recognition software, like they do in China, that identifies patients against a medical database. Furthermore, the meeting is conducted with a doctor licensed in your state.
And of course, the environment is sterile. There is a disinfection and sterilization of all surfaces after each consultation. Even if you are preceded by someone with cholera, it is guaranteed safe.
How long will my appointment with the virtual doctor take?
On average, it is about 15 minutes, which saves time for everyone.
When will we see them implemented? Will it be in our lifetime? OnMed is not only patented, but will appear this year in airports, hotels, educational institutions, and larger offices.
What about the price? Well, if you believe what they say, then it’s actually a little cheaper than usual.
Welcome to the future!
All photos by OnMed.