What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is an approach that uses technology to provide an alternative to traditional in-office visits. While telemedicine is currently receiving a great deal of attention and hype, the approach has existed for a long time.
Ever since most homes were equipped with a telephone, patients and providers have been connecting outside of an office setting.
Today, advancements in digital and video technology have expanded the ways that you can connect with your health team.
What are the benefits of telemedicine?
Convenience is a primary benefit of telemedicine. Though certain needs can only be met through an in-person interaction, there are many others that don’t require a face-to-face visit.
Through telemedicine, you can meet with your provider from the comfort of home. There’s no need to travel across town or sit in a waiting room to get the care you need. This is not only convenient, but is a safe option for those who are ill or have compromised immune function.
Some acute health conditions can be diagnosed through telemedicine. Chronic disease management is also an area where telemedicine can be a great way to check in with your provider and receive guidance on how to improve your quality of life.
At Sure Success Wellness Center, you might be interested in incorporating telemedicine visits into your medical weight loss plan.
How should I prepare for my telemedicine visit?
Taking a few moments to prepare for your telemedicine visit is a great way to make the most of your appointment. Begin by thinking about the setting for your visit. If you share your space with others, try to find an area where you won’t be interrupted.
Consider the acoustics of your setting. A place with loud, ambient noise can interfere with your ability to hear and be heard. You may want to check that the microphone and speaker on your device is a good fit for your setting.
Lighting is also important. Your provider needs to be able to see you clearly in order to assess your overall condition, and you need to see your provider clearly as well.
Any device equipped with solid video and audio capabilities is a good fit for telemedicine visits. A desktop, laptop, tablet, or even your phone are all options.
If you’d like to incorporate telemedicine in your health care, call Sure Success Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.