The Advantages of Telemedicine
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life – and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.
But what do you do if you still need health care? Fortunately, Telehealth can help.
How Telemedicine works
Telemedicine is a healthcare solution that allows you to meet with your doctor virtually instead of going to the office. Our 100% HIPAA-compliant system uses a two-way, high definition video, so we can talk face-to-face as if we’re in the same room together.
With Telemedicine, you can also:
- Submit your medication list, allergies, ID cards, and medical history in advance
- Chat or share photos describing your symptoms
- Have prescriptions electronically sent to your pharmacy
- Securely pay online for your virtual visit
This streamlined approach originally evolved to help expand medical care to men, women, and children living in remote areas. Today, 76% of hospitals use Telemedicine technology, and US employers could save as much as $6 billion a year by making telemedicine technology available to their employees. But the advantages of Telemedicine go far beyond financial savings.
The benefits of telemedicine
Whether you live close to your doctor or in a rural area, you probably know firsthand that even a routine visit involves wait times of 18 minutes or longer – and that doesn’t even include the time you spend getting there. Telemedicine technology eliminates that.
By connecting to your doctor in a virtual setting, you can expect to:
- Miss less time at work
- Have fewer disruptions with any child or elder care responsibilities
- Eliminate the time or travel expenses associated with your office visit
- Receive quality health care faster
- Reduce subjecting yourself and others to a contagious illness
At the same time, you also reduce your risk of exposure to contagious illnesses, like the common cold, flu, and COVID-19.
Telemedicine is also available to patients of all ages, including children, older adults, and those in vulnerable health. That makes it an ideal healthcare solution for everyone, especially when someone can no longer leave their home safely but still requires medical attention.
What to expect during a Telemedicine appointment
Telemedicine technology has never been easier to use, simply:
- Download our app to your tablet, computer, or phone
- Request an appointment through our scheduling button
- Fill out the registration forms included in our calendar invite
- Follow the link in your calendar invite to open your video-chat to start your appointment
You can also upload photos, if needed, to help us diagnose your symptoms.
BY DR. JULIE TAYLOR
Dr. Julie Taylor, MD, MPH is a functional medicine expert who consults people around the country. Dr. Taylor started her practice in 2015, after completing a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University. During her training, she learned from the best in the field, including Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, and Andrew Weil. She completed further functional medicine and hormone therapy certifications through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and BioTE.