Virtual Visits Benefit Patients as Well as Physicians

Telemedicine is expanding and may soon redefine modern health care. With the aid of wearable health monitors, computers, and video, doctors will be able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat you—all without your physical presence in their office.

The traditional medical appointment is not “convenient” for everybody. Most patients dislike long waits at the doctor's office. Virtual visits can save you travel time and the hassle of sitting in a waiting room with other sick people. 

If you have a busy schedule, virtual doctor visits are perfect for you. All you have to do is: log on, pay a fee and a doctor will be right there to answer your questions about sore throats, sprains, rashes, earaches, headaches and other conditions.

Virtual doctor’s visits from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop are becoming more than a trend, providing opportunities to keep people healthy and outside of hospitals.

Some Benefits of Virtual Visits Include:

For Patients:

  • Have better outcomes because of faster access to specialists who can apply the highest standards of care associated with their clinical discipline when evaluating the patient.
  • Reduce unnecessary admissions and/or readmissions when through remote monitoring or remote consultations with clinicians, they are able to better manage their health situations while at home.
  • Avoid unnecessary transfers to another facility or other physicians.
  • With virtual visits a specialist can determine if the patient’s best care option is to stay local and allowing patients to remain closer to the support network of family and friends.
  • You can send a digital image of a suspicious rash, along with your medical history, to a dermatologist, who will review it, diagnose, and prescribe medication to treat it.
  • You can check-in with your doctor after surgery for follow-up care in your own home.
  • If you have diabetes, you can monitor your blood sugar levels at home and upload the readings to your doctor's computer, saving yourself a time-consuming visit. Irregular blood sugar levels would generate an alert to the doctor's staff to call you in for immediate intervention to prevent complications.
  • If you have hypertension, you can wear a monitor that tracks your blood pressure daily and transmits your results to your medical record, allowing your doctor to track your progress.

For Physicians:

  • Extend their clinical reach to patients who can benefit from their expertise.
  • In some cases, earn on-call pay for providing virtual consultations.
  • Save time traveling between facilities to see patients, increasing their productivity and improving their quality of life.
Source: Handsontelehealth.com
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