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The Many Benefits of Telemedicine

Many Americans either don't live close to a doctor's office or health care facility, don't have transportation, or are experiencing a crisis that prevents them from physically going to a doctor's office. Currently, even in areas where access is normally easy, many health care providers have closed their offices to all but emergency cases. What does that mean for those who need regular health care?

At Allergy Relief Clinics in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Rafiquddin Rahimi is working to find ways to help patients in need of care. Telemedicine is one such method. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), telehealth setups can help protect vulnerable populations and improve health outcomes. 

Telemedicine basics

One in five Americans lives in rural areas, meaning they would have to travel as far as 200 miles to find a doctor’s office. Telemedicine was originally conceived as a way to reach these patients. Today, telehealth is on the rise, thanks to videoconferencing technology that allows doctors to see their patients and discuss their issues face-to-face, digitally.  

Video, phone, and other forms of communication technology are now being used to treat the hundreds of thousands of Americans who may need non-emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you are sheltering in place in your home, you can still make a virtual appointment with your doctor.  

The telemedicine process

Telemedicine is one facet of e-health. It’s the term used to specifically describe virtual visits between patients and medical providers, using communications technology. Audio, video, and file-sharing can be used to help patients and doctors understand each other, and telemedicine allows doctors to make diagnoses and prescribe certain treatments or medications remotely. 

Your doctor can consult with you using a video conferencing platform, look at your files, view any physical symptoms you have, and then direct your care. You’ll never even have to leave your house. If your health care needs to be urgently seen in a medical facility, your doctor can help you access that care safely from the appropriate location in your area. 

Benefits of telemedicine

There are many benefits to telemedicine. With remote medical management and a centralized e-health plan, you can:

Rules about telemedicine

Health insurance and Medicare should cover medically required services delivered by telemedicine the same as they would if the services were provided in the doctor’s office. If you have questions about how your insurance company will cover or reimburse your medical care, contact your coverage provider. Once you have all the facts, you can call your doctor to schedule your virtual appointment. 

For more information on how to maintain your health care treatment plan, contact our office at 972-435-0338, or make an appointment online.

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