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Telemedicine: What Is It and Why Use It?

Telemedicine has been around for a while, but it’s not been widely used or available until recently. You are probably used to visiting a physician in person, so what exactly is telemedicine? What is a virtual health visit like and what it can be used for? You might wonder why it makes sense for you and your family. With telemedicine, you can receive medical advice and treatment from home, without needing to visit a physical office.

What is Telemedicine?

Remote services in healthcare aren’t new. Remote health services have been around since the 1950s, starting out as a medical visit via telephone. Technology has come a long way since then, which is why modern telemedicine services are conducted via video call. Telemedicine allows you to connect to a healthcare provider without the need to leave your house and drive to a clinic. 
With telemedicine, you can discuss your symptoms, medical issues, and medical concerns with a provider. Your provider can give a diagnosis, discuss treatment options, and even write a prescription.

How Does Telemedicine Work?

You can connect with a provider from just about any mobile device with telemedicine. You’ll need a device with a strong Internet connection (either strong home Wi-Fi or a good wireless data connection) and a forward-facing camera. Many iPhones,  Android phones, tablets, and iPads are great options.
Telemedicine allows you to seek medical treatment for a variety of illnesses and concerns. Examples of what can be treated with a virtual consultation include but are not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Colds
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Medication refill

Telemedicine allows providers to treat many ailments that don’t require hands-on care. 

Why Should I Use Telemedicine Services?

Telemedicine has always been great due to the convenience it provides to patients. The expanding availability of telemedicine is even more important now due to the Coronavirus pandemic because it allows patients to get medical treatment without the risk of exposure to the virus. It also protects other patients and our own providers. All around, telemedicine enables our patients to prevent the risk of exposure for themselves and others. 

Telemedicine at First Care Clinics

At First Care, we are always working to ensure that all of our patients are provided with the highest quality of care. We are extremely proud to offer convenience, safety, and peace-of-mind with our new telemedicine services. Our telemedicine service allows us to provide the quality care that you expect without leaving your home. Learn more on our Telemedicine page, including what we treat, pricing/insurance, and other frequently asked questions about your virtual visit.