Providing for phone or video appointments between a patient and their health care provider, telemedicine offers both improved health care and convenience. For those reasons, a growing number of health care practitioners are offering this service.

Improvements in technology have rendered telemedicine easier and more accessible for everyone — including those who may feel they are not adept at “tech.”

Telemedicine, known also as telehealth, provides numerous advantages, some of which are:

Convenience and Comfort

There’s no need to drive (or be driven) to the office or clinic, park your car, walk to the doctor’s waiting room, and sit there until your appointment. When you don’t feel well, these seemingly innocuous tasks can seem overwhelming. Instead, you can communicate with your doctor from your own home — or wherever you feel most comfortable, whether that’s your office, school, or another location.

More Regular Appointments

Especially in certain situations — such as chronic pain management, diabetes care, heart conditions — seeing your provider on a regular basis is important. The convenience of virtual health visits will make them easier to work into your schedule.

Preventing the Spread of Illness

Working to prevent the spread of COVID-19, seasonal cold and flu bugs, and other diseases, doctors may utilize Telemedicine to prescreen patients for possible contagion. And the value of sick people not visiting an office cannot be overestimated. Decreasing exposure to germs helps the entire community, and is especially important to those who are pregnant, elderly, chronically ill, or immunocompromised.

Better Assessment

Telemedicine offers practitioners in some specialties to observe you in an environment outside their office. For example: Allergists may observe triggers in certain locations like your home or workplace; neurologists and physical and occupational therapists may view you in the areas where your conditions are most vital.

Family Connections

When meeting with your provider, it’s beneficial for a family member to be available to provide additional information, ask relevant questions, and help notate what your doctor says. Telemedicine provides a way to “conference” those people in, even when they are in a completely different location.

Contact our office to see how Telemedicine can work for you.