During the covid-19 pandemic, telemedicine became quite prominent. Although technology cannot replace physical appointments, it can be a valuable supplement to patient care.
Fremont, CA: Telemedicine refers to the ability of healthcare providers to consult with patients by phone or video from a distance. This method has been around almost as long as telephones, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it became more popular and feasible. Telemedicine's adoption has grown due to advancements in technology and changes in insurance reimbursement rules. Doctors and therapists would be unable to communicate with patients as easily without it, particularly during a pandemic. As telemedicine becomes more widely used, professionals and patients have grown more comfortable connecting digitally.
Telemedicine changing the dynamics of doctor-patient interactions
Telemedicine is not meant to take the place of physical encounters. It does, however, have a number of advantages.
At home physical therapy
Telemedicine allows physical therapists to watch and view exercises and therapies performed at home by patients undergoing physical therapy. This may make it convenient for patients to recover from accidents and procedures.
Thanks to Medicare and many private health insurance companies, doctors and therapists can now bill for telehealth services regardless of where the patient or provider is located. Patients must check their policy's criteria and restrictions before visiting a doctor remotely, as state laws and insurance plans differ.
Low exposure to virus and flu
The transmission of COVID-19, the flu, and other viruses can be fueled by long waits in doctors' waiting rooms with other patients. Patients can stay at home and avoid being exposed to viruses and germs by using telehealth services. This also aids in the protection of medical personnel.
Medical access in Rural areas
Living in the country offers a number of advantages, but one of them is not always easy to access medical care. Patients who reside a long distance from a medical center can consult with a doctor via telemedicine. This saves time and allows people to avoid the route when driving conditions are less than optimal, such as during snowfall or hailstorms.