Virtual visits in which physicians learn about or “see” patients’ symptoms and conditions, and recommend treatment remotely, aren’t the only way to take advantage of the benefits of telemedicine. While not as common, other uses of telemedicine include downloading and reviewing data from patients’ mobile medical devices, as well as forwarding forward a patient’s medical records quickly and easily to physicians and specialists in other locations.
Studies have shown that access to healthcare is more important to patients than whether they attend an in-office visit, and that a remote visit is often as good as an in-person interaction.
Before you decide that you need or want to use telemedicine for your next healthcare visit, be sure to find out if and how your provider offers it — so you’re ready to get started when the need arises.
Read the infographic to learn more about this convenient alternative to in-person doctor visits.
Graphic created by USA Vein Clinics, a provider telemedicine for vein care.