Many things have changed since the nation faced the COVID-19 pandemic. One such change has been for the better, which is the widespread adoption of telemedicine. This service allows you to virtually “meet” with the doctor, face-to-face, using video conferencing technology.
Telemedicine also offers plenty of benefits for you as a patient. It’s especially well-suited to managing certain conditions. Dr. Alan Patterson explains more about telemedicine and describes four benefits you may gain from considering this option.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a form of healthcare that allows you to virtually meet with the doctor face-to-face, without being in the office. We take advantage of video conferencing software, much like FaceTime® or Zoom®.
Through this software, you can see the doctor and he can see you as well. It’s the perfect solution for managing situations that don’t require a hands-on examination by the doctor.
The benefits of telemedicine
Telemedicine offers many conveniences to you as a patient. You are still treated with just as much importance as you would be in an office visit. Here are some of the advantages you might receive from a telemedicine visit:
It’s ideal for people with compromised immune function
If you have any sort of condition which limits your immune system, you’ll likely find it a great relief to avoid crowds, where you might pick up germs. While most people can fight off these germs – and we take extra precautions to make sure our office is a clean and safe environment – sometimes your health is such that you can’t be exposed to anything at all. Telemedicine is perfect for these types of situations.
Coming in for an office visit is sometimes a bit inconvenient. You may have to arrange for time off of work or find child care, which may be difficult. These issues mostly disappear with telemedicine visits. You’ll still receive the healthcare that you need but without any of the additional hassles.
It’s often cheaper
Many insurance companies now pay for telemedicine visits. If you’re uninsured, you’ll also feel relieved to know that the cost of care is cheaper than for traditional office visits. We don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t afford to receive healthcare.
It’s ideal for managing many conditions
Some health conditions simply don’t require an in-office visit. Among these include the following:
- Yeast infections
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Birth control consults
- Amenorrhea (missing or irregular periods)
- Hormone replacement therapy consults
Sometimes, many of these conditions are managed quite well with telemedicine.
Telemedicine is a very convenient solution to resolving some of your bigger problems. You can still meet with the doctor without having to deal with the inconveniences of getting here. You can schedule your appointment during your child’s naptime or during a brief break from work.
It’s private and you’ll be treated with the same attention and respect that you would be in an office visit. Before you know it, you’ll have received appropriate attention to your issue and can go on about the rest of your day.
If you haven’t tried telemedicine appointments before, now may be the perfect time to start. Contact Dr. Alan Patterson today to see if your health issue is treatable by telemedicine or request an appointment online.