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Is Telehealth Right for Me?

  • Category: Coronavirus
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  • Written By: Baton Rouge General
Is Telehealth Right for Me?

Telehealth has been around for a while, but its popularity has skyrocketed in recent weeks for its convenience and ability to provide patients with healthcare remotely. So how do you know if this could work for you and save you a trip to the doctor?

Telehealth appointments allow you to discuss symptoms and medical issues with your provider in real-time. During your appointment, you can receive a diagnosis, learn your treatment options, and get a prescription. They can also be used for follow-up care after surgery or to discuss how new medications may be working for you. Here are some examples of conditions or issues that may be a good fit for telehealth:

  • Cold or cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Hypertension
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Skin conditions and issues
  • Post-surgical follow up
  • Prescription refill
  • Therapy and counseling
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety, depression and mental health concerns

Telehealth Is Not for Emergencies
Telehealth shouldn’t be used for emergency situations like heart attack or stroke, cuts that require stitches or broken bones that require x-rays, splints or casts. Anything that requires immediate, hands-on care should be handled in person or through an emergency room. Always call for emergency medical responders for:

  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Breathing problems
  • Signs and symptoms of a heart attack including crushing chest pain coupled with shortness of breath
  • Signs of a stroke
  • Suspected head injury
  • Traumatic injury due to a fall or accident
  • Unexplained bleeding

How Does a Teleheath Visit Work?
Now that you know what issues are best for telehealth, you may have some questions about the logistics. You will need a reliable internet connection and either a computer device with a camera and a microphone or a tablet or cellphone with these capabilities. Some doctors’ offices may also have you download an app in order to connect with your physician, but they will discuss this with you prior to your appointment. Once you have a telehealth visit set up, your provider will connect with you at the scheduled time, just like he or she would walk into the exam room.

Still unsure if its right for you? Call your doctor’s office and speak with your healthcare provider. They will let you know if it is an option for your specific situation.

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