3 common myths about telemedicine debunked
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to telemedicine or virtual care for their healthcare needs. In recent times, more and more people prefer to conduct their consultations virtually rather than visit a physical health facility.
However, there may still be misconceptions about virtual care. Clearing it can help you decide which care plans you should adopt and when you should make an appointment.
Myth 1: Telemedicine will disrupt my relationship with my doctor.
Today’s telehealth tools are designed to help you talk comfortably with your doctor via video chat or on your phone. Your provider will be able to ask questions, assess your symptoms, and help you determine the best next steps for your care. According to a study conducted by the American Journal of Managed Care, most patients and doctors reported no difference in the overall quality of telehealth visits compared to in-person medical visits.
Myth 2: Telehealth tools are complicated.
Connecting with your provider for telehealth visits may be easier than you think. In many cases, all you need is an internet connection and a computer, phone or tablet to start. You can meet your doctor by videoconference; Your provider may use a specific application, like our DiagnoStar Technology. You will also receive instructions to help you use the platform. Our care plans offer definite telehealth services for your use.
Recent research shows that 62% of adults aged 70 and over own a smartphone, and 88% of those people use their devices daily. Additionally, more than half (53%) of seniors would prefer to have their health care needs managed by a combination of health professionals and health technologies.
Myth 3: Telemedicine is only used to treat minor or common ailments.
Many conditions are treated virtually. Such as allergy or cold symptoms, sinus problems or urinary tract infections, skin rashes, and mental health issues. Patients who need help losing weight or quitting smoking can also get the help they need through telehealth. Providers manage some chronic conditions virtually also. For example, providers can help check whether medications are helping to improve symptoms and whether you are taking them as prescribed. One can use telehealth visits for postoperative check-in, post-treatment follow-up visits, and medication refills.
Remember, if you face a medical emergency, always seek appropriate care, such as calling an ambulance.
If you try telehealth, it can be a safe and easy way to manage your health and stay in touch with your provider. As more providers implement telehealth, it could soon become an integral part of your conversations with your care team.
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