What Is the Idea Behind Telemedicine? Long before COVID-19 began making its rounds worldwide, physicians and other providers have been working to find new and innovative ways of providing care to patients. Since the 1950s, telemedicine has been an option in some locations and practices, offering patients access to care without needing to leave home. While these telemedicine services started via landline, they have now moved into video software that allows you to video chat with a physician in real-time to discuss your medical issues and symptoms and obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Conditions Telemedicine Can Treat
- Arthritic pain
- Insect bites
- Sore throat
- Sinus infection
What Are the Benefits of Telemedicine?Telemedicine allows medical care to be more accessible to patients, especially during these times of the unknown. Patients can now feel safe knowing that they are able to receive medical care for non-emergency medical conditions while keeping themselves and the medical team safe.
Conditions That Cannot Be Treated With Telemedicine
- Chest pain
- Wounds requiring suturing
- Mental health issues
- Pregnancy or birth control concerns
- Shortness of breath
- Head or neck injuries