As technology advances, health care is becoming increasingly more convenient for people in the US. Paying your bills and scheduling your appointment have all gone digital. How much easier could it get? Well, now there is new technology that allows you to see your doctor online. It really can’t get more convenient than this. You don’t even have to leave your house to get your diagnosis.

Telemedicine allows patients to get treated when they can’t make it into the doctor’s office. New technology advances give people better care.

Southwest Medical Associates revealed their new technology in January. A pilot program was started in 2013 for Wynn Las Vegas employees. More than 325,000 people were eligible to receive this benefit.

About 10,000 people have signed up for NowClinic. Southwest Medical Associates has five urgent cares and four walk-in clinics in the Vegas valley. Within the first four months of the technology, already 1,500 people have used this new technology.

NowClinic gives patients 24 hour access to a doctor. NowClinic uses technology that is similar to Skype. This allows patients to talk with doctors through web cam or phone. It can be used on nearly all devices, including mobile phones, tablets and computers.

This will replace the need to go to the emergency room or an urgent care Las Vegas. More and more health plans are expected to implement this new technology.

Eugene Somphone, Southwest Medical Associates’ medical director stated, “There’s a tremendous potential for growth. Like any new technology, it takes time. Amazon didn’t become a success overnight, and patients are getting used to this. As they get comfortable, it will be a major avenue for patient care and has huge potential not just in Nevada but across the country.”

Naturally, this form of patient care is limited. Patients with an emergency situation should go to an emergency room. The NowClinic is designed for non-emergent cases, prevention and wellness. This new technology works well for patients suffering from a cold, flu, diarrhea, high blood pressure, eye infection, fever, sore throat and plenty of more illnesses. Doctors can even renew medication through the NowClinic.

Patients will have the same amount of time to talk with the doctors as they would if they were in the office. Many insurance companies are accepted, so it should only cost about five to 10 dollars.

So far, most patients are using it to treat flu, cold, respiratory problems or to refill their prescriptions. The NowClinic is most effective for busy moms. If you have two kids and feel a cold coming on, you don’t have time to go to the doctor’s office. It’s not a serious illness but you need to get it fixed. This allows the stay-at-home mom and other busy people convenience.

If you are experiencing a severe illness or injury, you may want to seek medical care in person. The doctors at Las Vegas Urgent Care can provide quality care in a reasonable amount of time. For more information, contact 702.852.2000.

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