The Benefits of Telemedicine

benefits of telemedicine

Telemedicine, an online video conversation between a patient and nurse practitioner or doctor, has seen huge growth in its use due to the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

This is the perfect time to take a closer look at Telemedicine to see if it’s right for you. 

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine essentially uses modern technology to connect patients and the healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, surgeon, PA, etc.) 

These connections can be made through telephone calls, patient portals, online surveys, video conferencing, and much more. The goal is to establish continuous care without requiring patients to make frequent trips to the provider’s physical location. And in the midst of a pandemic, practicing safe social distancing and cutting down on unnecessary trips to public places is a must.

Benefits of Telemedicine

No Transportation Needed

So long as you have a cell phone with mobile data or a reliable internet connection, you can see the doctor without ever having to leave your house. Telemedicine eliminates the need to add “doctor’s appointment” to your list of errands you must leave the house to complete. It also saves you gas money and miles on your vehicle.

Saves Time

Taking off from work to go to the doctor is often difficult, always time-consuming, and sometimes causes more problems for you. Telemedicine appointments can be done during your normal work break or lunch time, and there’s no longer any reason to take time off for your appointment and the commute to and from the doctor’s office. Also, doctors can often “squeeze in” telemedicine appointments sooner than in-person visits.

Easy Care for Dependents and Caregivers

Finding time in your busy schedule to get to one of your own appointments is hard enough, but if you are the caregiver of elderly parents or young children who are unable to go to their appointments without your aid, that schedule gets almost impossible to manage. Many times, telemedicine can accommodate if you are in one place and your dependent is in another through video and phone conferencing.

Avoid Exposure to Other Illness and Less Time In The Waiting Room

It’s a fact: sick people go to the doctor. And when you’re feeling sick, nothing is less appealing than sitting in a small space full of other people with their own illnesses and sharing their air. During a telemedicine appointment, the waiting room is your bed or your favorite chair in the living room, and the only germs in that waiting room are your own.

Simple Way to Establish Routine Care

With easier access and shorter wait times, telemedicine makes it easy for you to establish a routine of care. Whether it’s weekly, monthly, or yearly, you can get the care you need when you need it. Health and healthcare cause frustration. No way around it. Telemedicine reduces many of the frustrations. Travel, parking, waiting room, etc. 

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