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8 Advantages of Telehealth Visits

8 Advantages of Telehealth Visits

Posted On: September 6, 2021

With the pandemic, telehealth visits continued to grow at an even faster rate. In 2019, the telemedicine industry was worth $65.5 billion, and industry experts predict it will hit $312.3 billion in 2026.

Technology has made it easier to reach a doctor simply by a tablet, smartphone, or computer for quality healthcare. With more and more people using this service, are you wondering if it’s right for you? Keep reading to learn the advantages of telehealth visits and why you should consider making a telehealth appointment.

1. Stops the Spread of Contagious Diseases

With the next wave of COVID-19 spreading and also flu and other diseases, doctors can use telehealth appointments to screen patients for possible infectious diseases. It also saves sick people from having to go into the office and spread germs. Less exposure to germs helps keep everyone safe, especially pregnant women, elderly, chronically ill patients, and immunocompromised individuals.

2. Provides Comfort and Convenience

When you complete a virtual doctor appointment, you don’t have to drive to the office, sit in a waiting room, and be near others that are sick. You can see your doctor from the comfort of your home. This makes it easier to fit into your busy schedule, so you may not have to leave work or arrange for child care.

3. Reduces Anxiety

Several people simply do not like to visit a doctor. In some cases, people with phobias, like agoraphobia, do not seek care because of anxiety. A telehealth visit is a way to get medical care and ask questions all from the comfort of home.

You may also feel more comfortable talking to your doctor at home. Take time to write down notes to address all needs. Being in a strange place with anxiety may cause you to forget important questions you may have.

4. Allows Others to Join the Call

A family member can also join an online doctor visit and help ask questions and provide information to the doctor. This is especially helpful for family members that live out of town. Telemedicine can help keep families stay in the loop, so conditions can be monitored from anywhere in the country.

The patient has to give the family member access and authorization, so you have control of the people in the call. People with elderly parents find telemedicine calls useful to keep an eye on their conditions and find out medical advice directly from the doctor.

5. Improves Access to Medical Care

Before the pandemic, telemedicine was used primarily for those with limited mobility, such as neuromuscular disorders or spinal cord injuries. Telemedicine offers advantages for people living in rural areas that do not have access to care.

Nearly 16 percent of Americans do not have a hospital located within a 30-minute drive from their home.

For older patients, they can maintain independence, which is often a high priority. Telehealth allows them to avoid finding others for transportation and avoid institutionalization.

6. Lowers Your Wait Time

With virtual appointments, you won’t have to wait in the waiting room for extended periods of time. You will get a notification if your doctor is running behind. You will not have to plan your whole day around a single appointment.

Another savings is that you can find the right provider quickly. Instead of having to make a trip to urgent care or emergency room, you can find the right healthcare provider. You can use this service so you don’t need to make unnecessary emergency room visits and have to wait even longer. It also helps healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed if someone doesn’t need emergency or urgent care.

7. Saves Money

All virtual appointments can save both parties money. Fewer resources are used when patients and doctors talk during video chat, so clinics and offices can operate with fewer staff members. Additionally, you do not have to pay for transportation, fuel, parking, and possible child care to go to the healthcare facility.

You also don’t have to take time off work, especially if you don’t get paid for this time off work. You can find a time that works around your work schedule such as your lunch break.

8. Improves Your Health

Because telehealth visits are more convenient, people are more likely to seek care and also take better care of themselves. Patients can access doctors quickly and learn treatment options.

Regular visits with primary care doctors help with prevention. Preventative care is essential to your health and wellbeing and you can monitor some conditions from home.

If you have a chronic health condition, it may be frustrating to constantly organize and make regular doctor’s appointments for these health conditions. By using telehealth doctor services, you can complete regular assessments at home.

Even some conditions that need specialized equipment can be monitored from home. There are tools like heart rate monitors that can help you collaborate with your physician and track your health condition all from afar.

Telemedicine also gives some specialty doctors an advantage by allowing them to see you in your home. For example, physical therapists can view how you navigate through your home and look for obstacles. Mental health practitioners can also look at your environment for any kind of triggers, and the same is true with allergists because they can identify things that may flare up your allergies.

Consider Using Telehealth Visits

These are only eight benefits of telehealth visits. With all this technology available, it’s easier than ever to take care of you and your family. No need to travel to the doctor if you can schedule an appointment in your own home.

At Norwood Medical Associates, our office is open and we are continuing to see our patients with urgent needs. You can schedule a telehealth visit with us today so you don’t need to wait any longer. Schedule your appointment today, whether it’s virtual or in-person, because your health is just as important as ever.

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