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When Is Telehealth the Best Option?

When Is Telehealth the Best Option?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth appointments surged across the country. Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, refers to using technology to provide health care services remotely, usually through video conferencing technology such as Zoom.

Even though the worst of the pandemic has passed, many providers continue to use telehealth appointments with many of their patients. In some cases, it’s the best service option, so providers have adapted their service methods to better care for those patients.

Here at Arlington Family Practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, we offer telehealth visits to our patients. Based on our experiences, here are a few cases when telehealth isn’t only a good option but the best option.

Chronic condition management

Do you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease? Your provider can manage your care through telehealth, eliminating the need for you to make strictly in-person visits. 

You can track vital signs, such as your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, at home and share this information with your provider, allowing them to adjust your treatment in real time. That leads to better outcomes for you.

Urgent care

If you have a simple urgent care issue, such as a rash, respiratory infection, or urinary tract infection, telehealth is a great option. Your provider can confirm your condition and prescribe appropriate medication or treatment.

Behavioral health services

Counseling and therapy sessions, along with medication management, can also be completed using telehealth. Some patients may find it more comfortable discussing their condition with a counselor or therapist from the privacy of their own homes.

Convenient care

There may be any number of reasons that prevent you from visiting your health care provider’s office. 

Whether you’re sick or your condition doesn’t allow you to move easily, you don’t have reliable transportation or child care, or you live in a remote area without easy access to health care, telehealth is a convenient solution.

Post-op care

After surgery or a stay in the hospital, telehealth is a good way to follow up with your provider to get care instructions and check on the progress of your recovery. Avoiding an in-person visit could help reduce the risk of complications.

If you need to schedule a telehealth visit with our talented, caring team at Arlington Family Practice, follow the same scheduling process as you would for an in-person visit. Call our office or schedule online and specify you need a telehealth appointment. We’ll see you online!

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