Telemedicine has been making its way into healthcare for some time now, but COVID-19 has made it a much more popular option. If you have never experienced a telemedicine visit, you might be feeling a bit intimidated. To help ease the anxiety, this will give you an idea of how your telemedicine visit will work.
What Is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a way for patients to see doctors virtually instead of in an office. At the appointed time, both doctor and patient will log onto the necessary platform. It is similar to Skype or FaceTime calls.
During the visit, the doctor asks a series of questions to get an understanding of any issues you are facing. Depending on these issues, he or she might ask you to feel certain parts of your body, like your sinuses, to breathe deeply, or other actions that can help form a diagnosis. It can be helpful to have the following on hand:
- Blood pressure and blood sugar machines, if either is a regular issue
- Flashlight (the doctor might need a better view of your throat)
- A list of questions you need to ask
What Can a Telemedicine Visit Provide?
A virtual visit helps with most things that do not require laboratory testing or procedures. The following are some of the conditions that can be diagnosed and treated or services that can be rendered:
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Colds, Cough, Flu
- Insect Bites
- Blood Pressure Management
- Medication Refills
- Sleep Problems
- Disease Management
Telemedicine visits are a great way to supplement in-office visits during this pandemic, and for years to come. To ensure a successful visit, be sure you connect via a reliable device with a good internet connection and consider a microphone or headphones for enhanced audio.