Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth (or telemedicine)—healthcare via phone, email, video, and other technologies—is moving from a trend to the mainstream. Virtual doctor’s appointments are nothing new, but they’re certainly becoming more popular. Have you reaped the benefits of your telehealth options? Did you know that virtual visits have nearly tripled to 37% from 10 years ago and that 85% of patients are satisfied?
Meeting online means you can check in with your provider from the comfort of your home — but you’ll want to make sure you make the most of that face time.
There are many ways to make telemedicine work for you. Here are five tips to prepare for a virtual appointment.
- Prepare some talking points. Make a list of your symptoms and concerns. Your appointment will likely last for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the reason for your visit.
- Do a practice run. You don’t want a faulty internet or audio connection during your visit. Check that your device is running properly, and set yourself up in a quiet, well-lit area before your appointment begins.
- Write down your questions. Don’t hesitate to speak up during your visit. Ask your provider for clarification, next steps and anything else you feel you may need.
- Take your vitals, if necessary. Your doctor might ask you to take your pulse, temperature and blood pressure before your appointment. Double-check if you should do so manually or with an app on your phone.
- Get a post-visit summary. It can be easy to forget the details of your visit. Before signing off, ask for an overview of what you discussed, including any care and medication instructions.
While Telehealth appointments can be a great way to see a doctor without leaving your home, there are some cases where an in-person visit is necessary. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the provider directs you to make a follow-up appointment with your local doctor or, if urgent, to go to the local emergency room or urgent care center.
Do you have questions about your health care? Or do you need more guidance about your telemedicine options? Get in touch today.