Telemedicine is continually gaining popularity in the United States, and all over the world. Now more than ever, orthopedic specialists are recognizing the potential of telemedicine and telehealth services to better treat underserved communities.

See several important ways that telemedicine is rapidly innovating the healthcare industry below.

Telemedicine Reaches Patients in Rural Communities

There are only 30 specialists for every 100,000 patients in rural parts of the United States, according to the The National Rural Health Association. (https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/about-nrha/about-rural-health-care).

Factors like uninsured and elderly patients, reduced population, and outdated or underused medical equipment are just a few reasons why rural hospitals find themselves struggling to provide the best possible care for rural communities.

The access that telemedicine and Telehealth platforms provide to those living in rural communities can be a real game changer for these patients. Instead of waiting weeks to months to see an orthopedic specialist, a patient can now connect with a board-certified orthopedic specialist within 36 hours at MoonlightOrtho.

Telemedicine Puts Power Back in The Hands of The Patients

At MoonlightOrtho, our mission is to take a non-biased and conservative outlook to a patients treatment, while putting some healthcare choices back in their hands, where the choice belongs.

Treatment at MoonlightOrtho may include: a referral to Physical Therapy, imaging such as an MRI or X-ray, lab testing and other diagnostic studies, or evaluation by sub-specialists such as a Neurologist or Rheumatologist. Our physicians may additionally write for prescription medications; and although we are an online practice, when surgery is indicated we will make the appropriate recommendations.

Telemedicine Provides Care When It Is Convenient For The Patient

The reason that patients are able to contact an orthopedic surgeon after-hours, nights, weekends, and holidays is due to our cutting-edge video technology – we use asynchronous video telecommunication. 

With asynchronous video, patients can log in to MoonlightOrtho any time and upload a brief video explaining where they are experiencing pain, what position makes it better for worse, etc. Once a patient uploads their self-video, a licensed orthopedic specialist will review it and contact the patient about treatment options usually within one day.

MoonlightOrtho is dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients – even on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Our licensed Orthopedic Doctors are ready to help assist you with your common orthopedic problems today at MoonlightOrtho.com.