By Rose Wellness Center | 04/27/2020

4 Common Questions and Answers About TeleMedicine

4 Common Questions and Answers About TeleMedicine

1. What is telemedicine? Is it the same as telehealth?
Answer: Telemedicine is a broad technology category that encompasses using digital tools like a smartphone or laptop to see a doctor. Within this framework are a number of subsets with names like telemedicine, e-health, or virtual consultations. These names have been used interchangeably in the media for communication technology that uses software, hardware, and the Internet to transmit healthcare information or have an online visit with a clinician.

2. How hard is it to see my doctor with telehealth?
Answer: If a patient can navigate a search engine or use a phone, telemedicine is a tool they can use. To have a videoconference with a physician or nurse, the patient needs a good Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with a built-in microphone and camera. Telemedicine software is very easy to navigate for patients of all ages. It is important for you to ask if the practice uses a professional platform that is HIPAA compliant, meaning safe and secure.

3. Can I only use telemedicine for a certain kind of sickness?
Answer: Actually, no. Telemedicine is used today to treat everything from thyroid issues, balancing hormones, autoimmune conditions, digestive health to migraines. Everything that the practitioner can treat, can be treated while using this technology. It’s common today for doctors to use these tools to coordinate patient care. Patients should ask their care provider what services they offer within the virtual visit setting as well as their insurance carrier – both are increasing their use of these tools to improve efficiencies.

4. How can the doctor really know what’s wrong if I don’t see him or her in person?
Answer: The doctor can “see” a patient via a video screen, but in fact, it’s the patient history that provides about 90% of the clinical diagnosis. A virtual consultation can prevent unnecessary trips to a doctor’s office during this time. Think of these visits like a “virtual house call;” the doctor or nurse sees and diagnoses over a phone or computer screen. 

To find out about Functional Medicine telemedicine services available to you, call Rose Wellness Center (571)529-6699, option 3.

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