Beginner’s Guide To Telehealth Services
What Can Telehealth Be Used For?
There are many situations where telehealth can be especially useful some of these include:
Follow-up Appointments: Telehealth works great in cases where primary care and urgent care health providers are following up with a patient from a previous visit or are checking in with the patient to determine whether treatment is working or more direct care is necessary. If medications are needed, the prescriber often will be able to send a prescription directly to their patient’s pharmacy, making for the ultimate convenience.
Counseling and Education: Services that require counseling and education, such as prenatal care and diabetes management are great uses for telehealth. Additionally, any other conditions that require long term lifestyle management where a patient to make changes works well in this setting.
Medication Management: For people with chronic conditions that require prescription medication, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, regular routine check-ups are often necessary. With virtual appointments you can skip the line and the commute, and see your physician from your computer or smartphone.
Behavioral Health Services: Mental health services and counseling are usually largely structured around verbal communication, rarely requiring hands-on care from the provider, making these services especially well-suited to virtual appointments.
Health Screening: In the current pandemic, a virtual doctor’s visit is a smart way to reduce the potential for transmission of infection. Health screenings, such as hearing tests for kids and cognitive testing in older adults, may also be offered remotely.
National Public Radio’s website recommends the following tips to make your telehealth appointment go as smoothly as possible:
Call from a quiet place. So many of the telemedicine appointments I’ve fielded during the coronavirus pandemic have been tough for a simple reason: It was hard to hear. Try to find a quiet place with good cellphone reception to receive your doctor’s call. If you’re using a video chat app, give it a try before the appointment, so you can troubleshoot any challenges.
Avoid phone tag. Be prepared to answer your phone at the appointed time, even if it comes from an unknown number. Make sure you’ve disabled any spam blockers or functions that reject calls from private numbers.
Use health tech and equipment to your advantage. Have on hand any medical devices your doctor has prescribed or recommended.
A thermometer will confirm whether you have a fever. If you’re experiencing chills or body aches, check your temperature orally — or use a rectal thermometer for babies who can’t hold the thermometer in their mouths. And avoid forehead or armpit readings, since they tend to be inaccurate. A fever is defined as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
If a condition like heart failure is causing you to retain fluid, you’ll be able to help a doctor detect that by measuring your weight at the same time every day on a home scale and keeping a record.
A blood pressure cuff can help you make sure any medicine you take for hypertension is working correctly. Your blood pressure goal depends on your age and underlying medical conditions, so make sure you ask your doctor what number you need to aim for. And a glucometer can help people with diabetes keep blood sugar levels under control. If you’ve been told to use one, track your values.
At RoweDocs, we are focused on you. We work to make access to the medical care and treatment you need simple. We work with patients to find solutions to their health problems so that they can get on track and stay there! From minor health problems to chronic illnesses that require lifelong attention from a physician, telemedicine can help you. Our staff is made up of board-certified doctors and specialists who have dedicated years of their life to education and care to keep you happy and healthy! If you have any questions about telehealth contact us today to find out how we can help you.
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