Telemedicine facilitates the delivery of healthcare not only in situations where distance is critical but also in the face of other challenges, such as the restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many general medicine practitioners replaced face-to-face consultations and in-person visits with telemedicine in compliance with recommendations regarding safety and protection against COVID-19.
As a Steady Care patient, telemedicine makes healthcare access more convenient for you. In the past, you were required to take time from other activities to visit the doctor’s office for consultation, but with advancement in telemedicine that can now be done without leaving your home. This is especially beneficial for seniors with a weakened immune system or those suffering from chronic conditions and more prone to contracting infections from hospitals or doctor’s office. For instance, if you are suffering from a chronic disease such as a heart problem or diabetes, your general medicine doctor will attend to you much sooner through telemedicine as opposed to a in-person visitation.
By being able to take care of many people without physically being present, telemedicine has greatly improved the capacity of general medicine clinic doctor. In public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic situation, telemedicine is utilized in providing healthcare information to both the infected and non-infected people without the need for the deployment of a large number of caregivers.
Telemedicine also facilitates access to healthcare for people residing in remote, disadvantaged communities where doctors are not available. For instance, people with chronic healthcare conditions residing in areas with few medical professionals or dependent persons, remote monitoring and management provides a much-needed care pathway.