Many people in the United States require the use of handicap parking spaces, and thanks to modern technology, getting a disabled parking permit with the aid of telemedicine is now simpler than ever before. Telemedicine is truly revolutionizing access to handicap parking permits.
“Telemedicine” is the word used to describe any type of medicine done from a distance using modern mobile technology. More and more members of the medical profession are offering their services to patients remotely using video links, Skype, and phone communication. Using powerful computer technology that is now available to everybody in the form of modern smartphones, laptops, mobile devices, and tablets, it is now easy for a doctor to communicate quickly, efficiently, and safely with a patient, even transmitting health informatics data and images over long distances instantaneously.
There are potentially millions of American citizens who qualify for disabled parking space permits. Parking permits are available for people who require them in all 52 states. But many people whose lives would be made much easier by the use of a handicap parking permit do not realize that they qualify for one, and so they go through unnecessary toil and struggle without one – often for years and years. It is an unfortunate situation, but one that telemedicine is going a great distance towards fixing.
The qualifying conditions for a getting a disabled parking permit vary from state to state. But they vary only slightly, and there are a host of health conditions that qualify a patient for a handicap driving permit in all US states.
The health conditions that qualify a patient in every state are: heart disease; arthritis; significant obesity; respiratory problems such as lung disease or emphysema; any illness that requires the use of a portable oxygen tank; bad eyesight or hearing; any chronic inflammatory disease (such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus); being an amputee; suffering from an acute sensitivity to sunlight that leads to a blistering or burning of the skin; having any injury or condition that means a person cannot walk a certain (state-decided) distance without needing to stop for a rest; and simply requiring the use of a Zimmer frame, walking stick, cane, crutches, or wheelchair to get around.
If you have any of these conditions, you are probably entitled to a handicap parking permit, no matter what state you live in.
To go about getting a disabled parking permit, you first need to have a consultation with a health care practitioner and obtain a letter stating that you require a parking permit. A letter from a doctor, physician, nurse, doctor’s assistant, optometrist or other type of health care professional will do the trick. Once you have your disabled parking permit letter, you fill in an application form and send the form and letter to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
An obvious problem that many people face is that most of the qualifying health conditions and disabilities make mobility difficult, and so getting to the doctor’s office in the first place can be quite an ordeal. This is where telemedicine comes in extremely handy.
Using telemedicine, a patient can do their consultation online or over the phone with a registered health care professional. The health care professional can then issue them with a letter of recommendation. This is very good news for patients who are immobile, because it means that getting a disabled parking permit is possible without leaving the comfort of their own home.
But immobility is not the only reason why using telemedicine is a far easier way for many patients to gain access to life-enhancing handicap parking permits. If a patient needs a disabled parking permit in a hurry, or if they just have busy lives and need to save as much time as possible, then doing their parking permit consultation using telemedicine is hugely helpful. The whole process is much less time-consuming when done using remote technology.
If a patient lives in an area with a very limited selection of health care professionals (or the available professionals have very long waiting lists), then by using telemedicine they immediately gain access to many more health care provider options. They can now consult with doctors or physicians from different areas, giving themselves a far wider selection to choose from.
Telemedicine makes it remarkably easy for people who live in very remote areas to do a consultation in only a few minutes (whereas in the past it would have required many hours of grueling travel). This is a luxury that folks who live in the deep desert or Alaskan wilds are certainly not used to, but it is improving their lives no end!
It is fair to say that telemedicine is revolutionizing access to handicap parking permits, and in the process, making life a little bit easier for a great many people who deserve a little helping hand!