Telehealth is a term used to describe the practice of using technology to connect you with your doctor or another health professional. While telehealth is currently receiving a great deal of attention and support, the practice has been going on since the telephone became widely available in American homes.
Thanks to advancements in technology, you can now not only speak to your doctor in real-time, but also see each other on a high-resolution screen. This makes it even easier for your primary care physician to assess your condition and provide outstanding care.
You can attend a telehealth visit using a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet, smart TV, or even your phone. Any device that is video-enabled can be a good option for telehealth visits.
Telehealth options make it easier than ever before for you to “see” your health providers. Instead of having to get ready to leave home, travel across town, worry about parking, then wait in the waiting room, you can simply initiate or join the telehealth meeting from the comfort of home or the convenience of your office.
This method of service is great for parents of small children, as there is no need to wrangle everyone into the car and worry about keeping kids entertained and monitored while you see your doctor. It’s also great for older adult loved ones who can’t travel easily or spend significant time walking or standing.
Telehealth is a wonderful option for people who are immunocompromised. Meeting with your care team without having to spend time in a waiting room around others who might be ill is a welcome relief for people who are at serious risk of infection or harm.
A degree of preparation is a great way to get the most out of your telehealth visit. Spend some time thinking about where and how you’re planning to set up your meeting area. If you share your home or office with others, try to find an area that is quiet and out of the way.
Lighting is also important, especially if your practitioner needs to visually assess your condition. Overhead lighting can be harsh, and outdoor lighting can be unpredictable. A desk with a lamp placed a few feet in front of you is usually a good fit.
You can use the camera setting on your device to “preview” the lighting and composition of your screen beforehand.
As with all medical visits, it can be helpful to create a written list of questions prior to your visit. Once you get started, it’s easy to overlook things and forget important details, so having a list can be helpful.
If you’re ready to give telehealth a try, booking your next visit is as simple as a phone call or requesting one online.