Phoning It In: The Benefits of Telemedicine Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Everyone knows the importance of seeking medical care when they’re sick — or simply when they need advice and guidance to help them stay well. But sometimes, fitting a doctor’s appointment into an already packed schedule can seem almost impossible.

At JAM Wellness, our team makes it a lot easier for patients in Dallas, Houston, Arlington, and Freson, Texas, to get medical care when and where they need it with advanced telemedicine solutions using secure, state-of-the-art technology. Here’s how it works.

Telemedicine basics

Telemedicine has been around for decades, but it’s only in recent years that it’s become a popular alternative for patients who want health care tailored to their busy lifestyles. In fact, during the pandemic, the use of telemedicine services skyrocketed as patients took advantage of in-home medical attention to minimize risks of infection.

As with an in-person visit, telemedicine visits are tailored to your individual needs. A typical visit begins with a review of your symptoms and concerns, along with a review of any treatments you’re taking, like over-the-counter medicines.

Depending on your concerns, your provider may ask you to use your camera to “zero-in” on areas of discomfort or areas they want to visually evaluate, like your throat. Telemedicine can be a beneficial resolution for:

  • Management of chronic medical issues
  • Wellness visits
  • Prescription management and refills
  • Nutrition and lifestyle guidance for optimal health
  • Review of lab work and diagnostic imaging studies
  • Diagnosis of illnesses and injuries

Depending on your specific needs, your provider may recommend lab work, X-rays or other imaging, or an in-office visit for more complex needs.

Benefits of telemedicine

Telemedicine offers plenty of benefits for patients of all ages, including the five listed here.

No travel needed

You can have a telemedicine visit anywhere you have an internet connection and a private place to talk with your provider, including your home or office. That means no fighting traffic, looking for parking, or worrying about road conditions or construction detours. 

Fits your busy schedule

You can schedule your telemedicine visit when it’s most convenient for you, including during your lunch break or after school. With telemedicine, care is always at your fingertips, and there’s no need to miss work or school to get the care you need to stay healthy.

No waiting time

Even though we keep your schedule in mind when making your in-office appointment, there’s still a waiting time. With telemedicine, you connect with your provider at a specific time, so there’s no need to wait.

No exposure to illness

No waiting room also means you don’t need to worry about being in a room with people who have colds, flu, or other contagious illnesses. That’s especially important for older patients and young children, and for anyone during the pandemic and throughout flu season.

Less stress

Even though medical care is important, that doesn’t mean it can’t be stressful — especially if you’re spending a lot of time traveling to and from your appointment and waiting to be seen by your provider. By having your appointment in the comfort of your own environment, you substantially reduce the stress associated with medical visits, which means you can focus your energy on working with your practitioner to improve your health.

Don’t let life’s obligations prevent you from getting state-of-the-art care to keep you healthy. To learn more about the telemedicine options our team offers or to schedule a telehealth visit, book an appointment online or over the phone with JAM Wellness today.

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