Telemedicine offers an alternative to traditional in-office visits and provides a way for you to connect with family medicine physician Herman Grewal, MD, and the experienced team at Prime Healthcare of Cypress in Cypress, Texas. Having choices in how you receive your health and wellness care is important, which is why Dr. Grewal made the decision to incorporate this advanced technology into the practice. Call the office or use the online booking tool to set up your telemedicine visit today.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a term used to describe a model of health care that connects a patient to their practitioner without the need for both parties to be in the same space. Thanks to advanced technology, you can interact with your provider in a real-time, digital format.
This option is more common now than ever before, largely due to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. When people couldn’t interact with their health providers in person, digital visits became commonplace.
However, telemedicine is nothing new. As soon as most American homes had telephone service, people began meeting with their providers by phone to receive certain health services and guidance. The advent of digital video technology has vastly expanded what can be achieved through telemedicine.
What are the benefits of telemedicine?
Convenience is a primary benefit of telemedicine. The ability to connect with your doctor or your child’s provider remotely is a wonderful option for busy individuals and families.
Safety is another area where telemedicine shines. People who have a compromised immune system can enjoy the opportunity to consult with their provider without having to travel across town and potentially become exposed to dangerous bacteria or viruses.
Telemedicine is a great fit for parents dealing with a sick child as well. It’s also a benefit for older adults who need geriatric care but don’t want to go through the challenges of getting to and from the office.
How should I prepare for my telemedicine visit?
Taking time to do just a small amount of preparation can help you make the most out of your telemedicine visit. Begin by thinking about where you will set up your equipment. Telemedicine visits can be done on a desktop computer, a laptop, tablet, or even some phones.
If you share your space with others, try to find a quiet area that is out-of-the-way. Think about the noise level and also the lighting. Your provider needs to be able to see you clearly during your visit to perform the best possible assessment.
Be mindful of having access to a power source, especially if your device tends to go through battery power quickly. Finally, go through the same preparations you’d complete for an in-office visit. Create a list of questions and concerns, and be prepared to share the details of any prescriptions and supplements you take.
If you’d like to explore telemedicine in greater detail at Prime Healthcare of Cypress, book a visit today online or over the phone.