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Telehealth is a way to receive health care via video chat, phone call, or text messaging using technology so you don’t have to go into a doctor’s office.
There are some reasons you will need to be seen by a doctor in person but telehealth can give you access to some care from the comfort of your own home.
Most telehealth appointments are through video chat which will require a smart phone, tablet, or computer, an Internet connection, and a little privacy.
Sometimes people use the term “telemedicine” to mean the same thing as “telehealth.” But “telehealth” is a broader term that INCLUDES “telemedicine” but also includes things like training for health care providers, health care administrative meetings, and services provided by pharmacists and social workers.
Some of the benefits of telehealth include:
Some of the problems with telehealth include:
Some appointments will require an in-person appointment, but you can often use telehealth for follow-up appointments, therapist or psychiatrist appointments, getting bloodwork (and other medical tests) results, and appointments to manage chronic conditions.
Advancements in health care, technology, and remote patient monitoring mean more conditions can be managed