With telemedicine, you can practice medicine by utilizing technology to connect you with your patients, facilitate discussions, and even carry out routine exams. Telehealth measures can seem intimidating to both providers and patients who are not tech-savvy or have limited experience communicating with others through digital means. Like with other office changes in the past, you can be confident that your staff will learn quickly and run the office efficiently as long as you’ve invested in the right tools.
Thankfully, telehealth is very versatile because it is compatible with devices that most people have become comfortable using. Telehealth appointments can be done with the use of a mobile phone, computer, tablet, or even a landline. Most offices and patients prefer the video chatting option because it adds a level of comfort to the virtual visit–patients can see their provider and vice versa, making it easier to perceive body language, communicate ideas, and even demonstrate issues and proposed solutions.
Before choosing a telemedicine provider and the types of virtual visits you’ll allow, it’s important to figure out which features you’ll need to properly conduct all your patient visits. Telemedicine is ideal for doctor’s offices that specialize in services like speech therapy or mental health services, which often do not require physical examinations. All offices, however, can benefit from the flexibility of telemedicine, even if it is only available for certain visits such as follow-ups regarding lab work or discussions about prescription medications.