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Telemedicine, which allows for phone or video consultations between a patient and their doctor, is advantageous for convenience and health. More medical professionals now offer to “see” patients over a computer or smartphone.
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, health institutions are increasing their telehealth choices and offering virtual appointments, according to Brian Hasselfeld, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine’s assistant medical director for digital health innovations.
Even for individuals who don’t consider themselves computer literate, telemedicine has become simpler because to advancements in technology. Patients can request a virtual visit with a number of Johns Hopkins doctors, practitioners, and therapists through the MyChart online platform or mobile app.
When you’re ill, telemedicine eliminates the need for you to drive to the doctor’s office or clinic, park, stroll, or wait in a waiting area. You can visit your doctor while relaxing on your sofa or bed at home. It may be simpler to fit virtual visits into your hectic schedule. Depending on your schedule, you might not even need to make child care arrangements or take time off from work when using telemedicine.
Doctors can use telemedicine consultations to prescreen patients for potential infectious diseases in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the flu, and other contagious diseases. Additionally, it prevents sick people from having to visit the office. Everyone benefits from less contact with other people’s germs, but notably those who are immunocompromised, pregnant, elderly, or chronically ill.
It’s often beneficial to have a family member accompany you when seeing your doctor so they can assist you with information, ask questions, and record the doctor’s responses. If you give permission, telemedicine can include your family member in the virtual visit even if they live elsewhere in the city or even the nation.
Your family’s health depends on regular consultations with primary care physicians, including those with specialties in internal medicine, family medicine, and paediatrics. It is simple to get in touch with a doctor or nurse practitioner thanks to telemedicine. It can be quicker when processes are set up so that new patients can schedule an appointment with the next practitioner who is available.