The field of healthcare continues to evolve, with telemedicine becoming an increasingly popular choice among patients needing medical care whenever and wherever they may be. Telemedicine is rapidly growing especially with the advent of the internet and the mobile age, so anyone with a smartphone or an internet-connected computer can conduct a video call with their doctor. People can also simply make a phone call and talk to a doctor, which hasn’t always been an option in the past.
Telemedicine has made it possible for you to see or talk to a doctor right from the comfort of your own home. This isn’t intended for life-threatening conditions, but essentially anything else can be diagnosed and prescribed treatment virtually.
If you’re considering telemedicine for your next doctor’s visit, here are a few of the benefits you can expect:
Telemedicine Offers Better Access to Doctors
The evolution of telemedicine allows greater access to healthcare, especially for patients in remote areas where the nearest clinic or hospital is hours away. It’s also an ideal solution for homebound patients who cannot easily get out of their homes.
Telehealth enables patients to receive timely healthcare services with much lower costs than having to call 911 and have an expensive ER (emergency room) visit, especially if the health issue in question doesn’t warrant the ER. A major benefit of telemedicine is that doctors usually charge a flat rate for visits, and the costs are transparent.
Telehealth Is More Convenient than Office Visits
A visit to the doctor’s office requires planning, such as taking time off work, arranging for childcare, and the potentially long wait time – that’s if you can schedule a timely appointment at all. Telemedicine, on the other hand, makes it possible to have an appointment with your doctor with just a phone call or a video call, right from your home.
Telemedicine Provides Safety for Both Patient and Physician
In the event of an epidemic or a pandemic, telemedicine allows physicians to see patients regarding their symptoms via a video or phone call. Rather than rush into an urgent care center or the ER for just mild symptoms, a physician can assess symptoms, make recommendations, and write prescriptions without the added risk of infecting themselves and others.
Telemedicine Visits in Fort Worth, Texas
Telemedicine has a very high satisfaction rate among patients and physicians, and it is here to stay. It will only continue to improve and grow in the future.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness, injury, or unusual pain, you may want to give telemedicine a try and see if it provides a satisfying experience for you. If you need to see a primary care doctor for your symptoms, Texas Medical Institute’s board-certified family medicine physician Dr. Greg Gardner is offering telemedicine appointments to our patients. Our goal is your health and safety, and we will do everything in our power to help you stay healthy, safely.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a telemedicine appointment, contact Texas Medical Institute today by calling our friendly staff at (817) 615-8633 or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.