TeleHealth, which enables video or phone appointments between a patient and their health care practitioner, benefits both on health and convenience. More health care providers are offering to see patients by phone call, computer and smartphone.
“Health organizations are providing virtual appointments and are expanding their telehealth options, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr.Arthur Ssesanga, Director Clinical Services IMCs.
Improved technology has made telehealth easier, even for those who don’t consider themselves computer savvy. Patients can use telehealth through the online platforms or mobile apps, and request a virtual visit with many doctors, practitioners and therapists.
Telehealth, offers many advantages, including:
Comfort and Convenience
With telehealth, you don’t have to drive to the doctor’s office or clinic, park, walk or sit in a waiting room when you’re sick. You can see your doctor from the comfort of your own bed or sofa. Virtual visits can be easier to fit into your busy schedule. With telehealth, depending on your schedule, you may not even have to take leave time from work or arrange for child care.
Control of Infectious Illness
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu and other infectious diseases, doctors can use telehealth appointments to prescreen patients for possible infectious disease. It also saves sick people from having to come in to the office. Less exposure to other people’s germs helps everyone, especially those who are chronically ill, pregnant and elderly.
TeleHealth can give doctors an advantage because they can see you in your home environment or ask more questions about your environment. For example, allergists may be able to identify clues in your surroundings that cause allergies. Neurologists and physical and occupational therapists can observe you and assess your ability to navigate and take care of yourself in your home. Telemedicine is also a good way to get mental health assessment and counseling.
When consulting with your doctor, it’s always good to have a family member who can help you provide information, ask questions and take note of your doctor’s answers. If that person lives out of town, or even across the country, telemedicine can loop your family member in on the virtual visit if it is authorize by the patient.
Chronic care Management
Regular visits to the physicians are essential to your family’s health. Telehealth makes it easy to connect with a doctor or nurse from home. Some systems are set up so that new patients can get an appointment with the next available physician, which is convenient and can save time. Drug refills have also become more convenient as medical riders are set off as soon as prescription is shared by the Patient.
To consult on telehealth, Call 0800200444 to speak to an IMC doctor.
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