Telemedicine is when doctors and medical professionals use telecommunication technology to evaluate and treat patients. Telehealth is not new, but the COVID-19 pandemic made the service more common. High-risk demographics like seniors are able to get necessary medical consultations without being at risk of catching the virus.
But telehealth services are beneficial for more than just high-risk populations. Telecommunications, such as video conferencing, make routine services convenient. You can see all types of doctors and health care professionals using modern technology.
One of the benefits of telehealth is that you can have a meeting with your doctor from wherever you are.
Telemedicine companies create applications that work on smartphones, personal computers, Apple and Android products, and other video technology.
To have a teleconference with your medical provider, you will need a secure internet connection and an internet-connected device with a screen.
You may also want to have the video call in a quiet space where you can have privacy.
Since you do not need to leave your home to see your physician, your telemedicine benefits can include:
· Not having to worry about transportation, such as if you do not have a vehicle or cannot drive yourself.
· Zero transportation time or costs. Cutting out the commute to a doctor’s office means more time doing what you need to. In addition to skipping traffic, you do not have to pay for parking, gas, or public transportation.
· Having your appointment during work hours. Schedule your lunch break around your appointment, so you do not have to take time off from work.
· Not having to worry about child or senior care. You can continue to keep an eye on children and elders while you are on your telehealth call.
· Setting appointments for sooner.
If you’re a parent or caretaker, you know the hassle of getting everyone in the car for one person’s appointment. Not having to take multiple family members to a health care facility reduces the risk of getting the whole family sick.