WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth, sometimes referred to as telemedicine, is the practice of medical telecommunication, an alternative form of patient care. This form of medical communication delays in-person visitations and enables healthcare providers to discuss health concerns from the privacy of the patient’s home or care facility.
Telehealth utilizes a variety of mediums, including email, phone, online messaging, and video chat. All you need is an online network and access to a smartphone, tablet, or other electronic devices.
WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL OF TELEHEALTH?
Modern technology has made an increase in the overall quality of healthcare, as well as its accessibility to previously underserved regions more possible than ever before. With the advancement of telehealth, medical facilities now have the ability to make healthcare more efficient, coordinated, and available to almost anyone, at any time, and any place.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TELEHEALTH?
As virtual communication continues to grow in popularity, the demand for telehealth does as well. There are several reasons why someone might choose telehealth services before scheduling an in-person appointment.
- Reduced physical exposure, limiting the threat to COVID-19 virus contraction
- Healthcare anytime, anywhere, and from the safety of your private address
- Reduced travel and need for childcare
- Decreased wait time
- Increased access to specialists outside of your region
Virtual appointments are a key factor in the rise of telehealth and medical treatment. These appointments serve to:
- Make health care accessible to people who live in rural or isolated communities.
- Make services more readily available or convenient for people with limited mobility, time or transportation options
- Improve communication and coordination of care among members of a health care team and a patient
- Provide support for self-management of health care
WHAT SERVICES DOES TELEHEALTH PROVIDE?
Telehealth is specialized medical care. This means the full gamut of healthcare services are potentially available to any patient upon request. Common telehealthcare options include:
- Lab test or x-ray results
- Therapy and online counseling
- Recurring conditions like migraines or urinary tract infections
- Skin conditions
- Prescription management
- Urgent care issues like colds, coughs, and stomach aches
- Post-surgical follow-up
Your medical professional may desire to monitor your progress through telecommunication, sending you information regarding your rehabilitation, medication frequency, and a host of other follow-up responses.
THE MEDBRIDGE WAY: SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!
Today, our medical facilities have the ability to communicate with patients in a variety of ways.
“A personal touch is always important,” says Dr. Bharti, “but should not be the only [kind of] touch. [We] can treat you better just by listening to you.”
After an initial telehealth appointment, our Express Care specialists will determine if an in-person visitation is necessary for you. At MedBridge, we really are convenient healthcare whenever you need it, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call us today to schedule your telehealth appointment or make an appointment online. If you have any questions, contact the MedBridge clinic nearest you:
Fairmont, WV: 304-363-3714
Mannington, WV: 681-285-1232