Typically, when you need care from a professional healthcare provider, you visit a facility such as a medical office, clinic, or hospital. Today we live in a more advanced world where we can have doctor visits in the comfort of our own homes. How, you ask? Thanks to computers, smartphones, and other new digital technologies, medical professionals can now diagnose, treat, and oversee their patients' care virtually.
This practice is called telehealth. Get it? “Tele” for technology. Telehealth is defined as the delivery of healthcare services at a distance through the use of technology. It can include everything from conducting medical visits over the computer to monitoring patients' vital signs remotely.
Using telehealth, also known as telemedicine, to deliver health care has several advantages, including cost savings, convenience, and the ability to provide care to people with mobility limitations or those in rural areas who don't have access to a local doctor or clinic. For example, commuting to a hospital or clinic and waiting in waiting rooms can be timely. With telemedicine, you don’t have to drive, park, or walk – or sit in a waiting room when you’re sick. You can see your doctor from the comfort of your own bed or sofa. Virtual visits can be easier to fit into your busy schedule. With telemedicine, depending on your schedule, you may not even have to take leave time from work or arrange for childcare. You’re able to get some time back into your life. You still may need to visit the clinic for any blood work or certain checkups, but having the option to stay at home can be extremely beneficial.
Services possible with telehealth:
· Recording your weight, food intake, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels either manually or with a wearable device or sending to your doctor.
· Having virtual visits over your computer or smartphone.
· Using an online portal to check test results, request refills, send your doctor a message, or schedule an appointment.
· Receiving email or text reminders.
Also, there are ways to receive at-home testing to save the trip to the clinic. “At Checkable Medical, we understand the frustration of not knowing whether your kid has a strep infection or not. This is why we’re embarking on a clinical study to gain FDA clearance of our strep diagnostic and digital care experience, so we can be trusted by physicians and parents," says Patty Post, founder and CEO of Checkable Medical.