The COVID-19 pandemic significantly limited in-person contact and appointments in health facilities to curb its spread. Patients had to observe physical distancing to avoid exposure or spread of the coronavirus through coughing, sneezing, breathing, or talking. Therefore, many healthcare facilities and providers turned to telemedicine Kingwood. The technology involves physicians remotely communicating with patients through internet-enabled devices like computers, tablets, or smartphones.
The streaming technology that telemedicine appointments rely on has been used to teach classes, conduct business transactions, and connect families, friends, and loved ones. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before the healthcare industry could adopt the technology.
Below are the advantages you may get as a patient if you choose virtual or telemedicine appointments instead of in-office visits.
- Reduced or no waiting times
If you physically visit a healthcare facility or a physician, you will often have to spend time in a waiting room as you wait for patients that came earlier than you to be served first.
The waiting time may often last more than 30 minutes, which exceeds the time the American Institute of Medicine recommends. Longer waiting time means more discomfort and dissatisfaction with the healthcare services.
But, with telemedicine, there is a scheduled time when an appointment should start. And even if you are redirected to a virtual waiting room, it will take only a few minutes before the meeting begins.
- Convenient access to medical specialists
You may be in a position whereby you lack access to a doctor you can always call whenever you encounter a health problem. And even if you could access your primary doctor, remember that specialist physicians offer more advanced care.
Still, it is also difficult to access specialist doctors because of different factors. For instance, specialist physicians are often fewer than primary care doctors and practice in locations far from your home or office.
However, telemedicine makes scheduling a remote appointment with different specialists easier and simpler with no traveling or lengthy waiting times.
- It avoids physical contact with patients
Diseases such as coronavirus, cold, and flu are usually highly contagious. Thus, if you come into close contact with a patient having an infectious illness, you become at risk of bacterial or viral infection.
But, if you use telehealth services, you meet and communicate with your doctor remotely and, hence no risk of spreading an illness or getting exposed to patients with infectious diseases.
- No traveling time and expenses
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than 3.5 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments yearly, especially due to spending a lot of time in traffic jams.
If you are going for an in-office visit, you must pay to use public transportation or spend money on fueling your car. Also, because you have to travel, you may miss work.
However, virtual visits do not involve traveling time and expenses, and because an appointment lasts 10 to 20 minutes, you do not have to miss work.
Contact Kingwood Psychiatry today to schedule a telemedicine appointment and learn more about the available services.