Telemedicine is a new frontier for medicine. With busy schedules, making and keeping doctor’s appointments can be difficult. Telemedicine fuses the convenience of technology with modern medicine. It was born out of our digitally fluent society with a need for fast, personal, and accessible healthcare. Like visiting a traditional office, an e-visit on a phone, tablet, or computer offers patients the ability to talk with their doctor instantly and securely in real time. Telemedicine and e-visits are a quick, convenient, and quality way to avoid the hassles of going to a doctor’s office for simple necessities like asking questions, prescription refills, and more.
Patients will see a multitude of benefits as they make the most of telemedicine appointments and opportunities. One of the most prevalent benefits is the saving of time. Patients no longer have to rearrange their lives or sit in traffic or wait in waiting rooms. Same day appointments may be possible in many circumstance. There is a higher level of discretion in telemedicine because there are no waiting rooms as you have your appointment in the privacy of your own home on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Telemedicine is not a replacement for traditional doctor’s appointments such as annual physical exams. They are a wonderful supplement to your traditional healthcare routine. Scheduling an e-visit is perfect for prescription refills, routine follow-ups, questions and concerns, creating plans for future care, and routine follow-ups. They are simple to schedule. Offices with telemedicine will have websites featuring telemedicine portals. You’ll log in for the first time with a code sent to your email. It is vital to complete all necessary documents and a medical history. It is recommended to log in eight minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure all documents and payment are completed. Then you will visit with your healthcare provider. Once your appointment has concluded, your medical provider will complete and initial review within two hours during business hours and up to 24 hours during non-business hours.
Telemedicine providers are licensed healthcare providers able to treat and prescribe patients. E-visits are safe and effective. Just like in a traditional office, providers are HIPAA compliant going to great lengths to protect your information. Not everyone is a good fit for telemedicine. Some things to keep in mind if you are considering this route:
- Must have seen a physician within the last five years for a physical exam including the penis, testis, and groin.
- Providing complete and honest information because there is no physical interaction the provider relies on the information you provide.
- Maintaining a relationship with your medical care provider in person for annual physical exams.
- If it is an emergency, call 911.
If you have decided telemedicine is an appropriate path for you, it is vital you have a blood pressure reading done within the last six months. An accurate blood pressure is important for your provider to determine treatment options. For example, if your blood pressure is too high or low, taking Erectile Dysfunction medication can be dangerous. If it has been longer than six months, there are thousands of locations offering free blood pressure readings. Before taking your blood pressure it is important to avoid cold temperatures, exercise, caffeine, stress, smoking, certain medications (check the label on your device), or taking it with a full bladder because they may cause your blood pressure to rise temporarily. When ready, sit calmly for 5-10 minutes in order to enter a state of relaxation. Roll up your sleeve and apply the cuff to your bare upper arm following the directions on the device. Make sure to take the test twice for an accurate reading. When you enter your blood pressure, enter the higher of the two readings.
Telemedicine is a new and effective alternative to doctor’s appointments in an office. We are happy to work with you to answer any questions and make sure you are a good candidate for telemedicine.