Telemedicine is the method of providing and receiving medical care remotely using a computer or phone. Typically, doctors and patients prefer video conferencing, but they also take advantage of text, email, chat, and voice calls.
Experts say telemedicine offers numerous benefits, including convenience, safety, and lower medical costs. And while some people think it is only helpful for those with mild health problems, studies show otherwise.
In one report, researchers revealed that telemedicine interventions might be associated with reductions in hospital admission rates and deaths among patients with heart failure¹.
Another study observed that telemonitoring appears to be useful in improving the cardiovascular risk factor profile of acute coronary syndrome survivors².
What can you do with telemedicine?
To make the most of your appointment, you need to know what you can do with telemedicine. With telemedicine, you can:
- Receive counseling and other types of therapy (physical and speech).
- Give your doctor a virtual visit of your home. This is especially helpful if you have allergies and you want to identify some triggers.
- Get or renew a prescription or laboratory request.
- Provide your physician with measurements, like blood pressure, blood sugar, and water and food intake.
- Send your doctor a photo of the affected body part. For instance, you can take a picture of the back of your throat if you complain about a sore throat.
4 Tips: how to make the most of telemedicine
Below are some tips to make the most of your telemedicine visit:
Make technical preparations
The first step is to prepare the place where you’ll “meet” the doctor and make sure that your camera, speaker, and microphone are in working order. Whenever possible, use a gadget with a high-quality camera.