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Pros and Cons of Telehealth

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth can be dated from the 1960’s with the monitoring of the physiological parameters of the astronauts! It incorporates the many uses of computers and mobile devices to access health care services remotely to manage your health care. Today, the use of telehealth has dramatically increased, especially due to the pandemic.  What this has shown us, is that it may provide opportunities to make health care more efficient, better coordinated and from the home.

How does Telehealth work?

A variety of technologies make it possible for your healthcare team to coordinate, monitor and follow up on your healthcare planning.  
  • Virtual appointments with your providers, including counseling (Smartphone, tablet, computer)
  • Monitoring of your vital signs, lung sounds, blood glucose and assessments
  • Ultrasound, X-rays, such as UltraMobile
  • Patient portal

Telehealth Benefits:

  • Access to those isolated (home-bound or rural communities)
  • Access to medical specialists
  • Improve communication and coordination of care among health care team
  • Easier to communicate with your doctor
  • Request prescription refills
  • Review test results and visit summaries

Potential Telehealth Limitations:

  • Lacks an in-person evaluation, which may hamper accurate diagnosis
  • The need to address sensitive topics, especially if there is concern for privacy
  • Limited access to technological devices needed or connectivity issues
  • Level of comfort with technology for provider and patients
  • Cultural acceptance of conducting virtual visits
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