Are you familiar with telehealth yet? Many of us still recall the days when physicians still made house calls. But in the latter half of the 20th Century, the ease and low cost of transportation, along with patient demands on a doctor’s time to see as many patients as possible, transformed healthcare into a service that was delivered in offices and hospitals rather than living rooms.
Today, with access to affordable, secure technologies, more people can experience the advantages of the house call again through telemedicine and remote patient monitoring (RPM).
If you have not experienced telemedicine or telehealth practices yet, here are 7 benefits that may compel you to contact your health care provider to see what options they offer.
1 – It’s easy. If you have a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer with a camera, you have what you need to interact with a medical professional via the internet. You may need to download an app or create a login for a secure web connection prior to a telemedicine meeting, but you probably already have the technology you need to connect to a medical professional.
2 – It happens in your home. Who wants to leave the house when they are feeling bad? Arranging transportation for an appointment can add a lot of stress when you aren’t at your best. Telemedicine assures that you get medical attention without having to take off your comfy slippers. Whether you have a head cold or are managing a chronic condition, having the opportunity to see someone in your own space is a comfort.
3 – Telemedicine visits are very familiar. The medical professional focuses on you and your care, asks questions, listens to your answers, makes observations, determines a diagnosis and then recommends a course of treatment. The physician will also determine appropriate medication for you.
4 – You can feel safe. So can the doctor. Many patients have concerns about going out and feel some extra anxiety around health care environments. Rather than putting off important check-ups and evaluations for your medications, consider telemedicine options that may be completed at home, depending on your individual conditions. Healthcare pros also appreciate working in a safe, efficient environment.
5 – Medicare Part B covers certain telehealth services. For example, in some cases billing is very similar to an in-person doctor visit. Check out the information on https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/telehealth.