Reducing the Risks of COVID-19 Through Telemedicine

Dr. Carlos Chacon

February 20, 2023


Telemedicine is a rapidly growing field that allows patients to receive care from their doctor over the phone or via video. It’s a convenient and cost-effective option for many who cannot travel to a clinic for medical attention.

Telemedicine is a critical tool for healthcare providers and communities needing health services. But, as the recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown, it also requires careful attention to policy and reimbursement.

Getting the Care You Need

Telemedicine is the new normal for healthcare in America. With COVID-19 and other viral outbreaks looming, hospitals are quickly adopting telehealth technologies to treat quarantined patients infected with the virus.

In addition, telehealth is used for patient self-management to reduce hospital admissions. Patients with mild to moderate symptoms are encouraged to stay home and be monitored.

Telehealth is a time-saving tool that can eliminate the need for many non-clinical tasks, such as checking in and out of clinics. This saves physicians and patients valuable time.

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy and productive is important for people with post-COVID conditions. It is also a good idea to stay in touch with your primary care physician, even when your symptoms are less intense.

Telemedicine can be a great way to talk with your doctor over the phone or through video conferencing, which is more convenient and less time-consuming than an office visit. It can also encourage honesty about your condition and help you manage it more effectively.

A CDC study found telemedicine was also an excellent way to reduce healthcare costs and improve the overall quality of healthcare. It can be especially useful for patients with chronic health issues, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

It can also help caregivers keep up with the medical needs of their loved ones. By offering telemedicine, employers can ensure their employees are well-cared for and supported when they need it most. It is also a cost-effective way to reduce sick leave and absenteeism.

Staying Home

The COVID-19 virus spreads mainly by respiratory droplets that people breathe out. This is why it is important to stay home when you feel ill or have symptoms and to wear a mask in public.

In addition to staying home when you are sick, social distancing can also help to slow down the spread of COVID-19 by reducing your exposure to others. This can be done by leaving at least 6 feet of space between you and others.

Telemedicine, also called telehealth, is a form of healthcare that allows remote patient care and monitoring via telephone or the internet. It decreases contact with health facilities and patients, which helps reduce the spread of disease.

During a public health crisis like the current one, telemedicine can be an essential tool for keeping potentially infected individuals out of hospitals and doctors’ offices. It can also help provide routine care for high-risk patients at home, minimizing their exposure to other people.

Staying Safe

Telemedicine allows patients to stay home and receive care when it’s not convenient or safe to travel. It also provides a way to connect with specialists who don’t live near you.

However, telemedicine has some risks and concerns you need to know about if you plan to use it. These risks include security and privacy issues.

For example, you may need to set up a new account and password. And since hackers are on the prowl for digital information, consider creating a more secure password than your usual one.

You can also check with your medical professional association for specific telemedicine guidelines on their specialty that will help you stay safe and secure during your virtual visit. These guidelines are important for you and your doctor to follow when you use telemedicine.