So the new cool thing is Telemedicine. It’s been around for a long time, but with the current pandemic, it’s become popular overnight. So what is it? How does it work? Consider this your guide, so you’ll be up to date on this latest craze!
Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and the patient are not physically present with each other. Modern technology has really made this practice a much more practical solution. According to my quick Google search, providers were using telemedicine in the 1950’s and 60’s by transmitting video, images and complex medical data. We’ve come a long way since then, and now literally have the ability to see a patient at our fingertips. So this means that traditional options are expanding. You don’t always have to physically come into a clinic to receive medical care. Now, Telemedicine allows you to discuss symptoms, medical issues/questions and more in real time. You can receive a diagnosis, learn your treatment options, and get a prescription. Of course, it isn’t appropriate for every situation. I haven’t figured out how to suture a laceration, draw blood or take an x-ray over the internet yet. But if you think you might be sick, have a question about a medication, or need a refill of birth control – a telemedicine visit might be right for you. It can save time, and in our current situation, possible exposure to other people who may or may not be sick.
Many insurance plans cover some types of telemedicine visits. Most recently, while a public health emergency is declared during this pandemic, most or all insurances are covering these virtual visits.
So give Karas Health Care a call, and we can set you up with a telemedicine appointment today!