What is Telemedicine and how will it help me?
If you’re not feeling well or have questions about your health, you usually need to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, which may take days or even weeks. But as communication technology has advanced, you now have new options for care such as Telemedicine.
Telemedicine refers to remote health care services that utilize digital communications and software to allow the medical professional to diagnose and advise patients. Telemedicine was traditionally used to treat patients in remote places, but thanks to new technology and the high costs of health services, it’s become a great alternative to traditional in-person visits.
Telemedicine technology can be used for a number of different services, including consultations, follow-up visits, medication management, management of chronic health conditions and more. In this article, we’ll be sharing the insights on what it is, how it works and what the benefits are.
How does it work?
Telemedicine allows you to talk to a medical professional in real-time about your symptoms, medical issues, and more.
In the case of PODERsalud, the Telemedicine service offered by SABEResPODER, you’ll have access to Spanish-speaking medical professionals who can help you through most common matters. In most cases, our users have access to a doctor in under 10 min and are able to receive a diagnosis, learn treatment options, and get a prescription. You can access this service via phone, secure video, or app, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the U.S.
It’s important to clarify that telemedicine isn’t appropriate for emergency situations like heart attacks, deep cuts/lacerations, or broken bones. Anything that requires immediate, hands-on care should be handled in person at the nearest emergency room. However, for most other things, it’s a quick solution to receiving a diagnosis and knowing what to do next.
For instance, if your child has a shallow cut but you suspect it may be infected, you can schedule a virtual consultation to check it out and get an immediate answer. Or if your husband is dealing with a cough and sore throat that hasn’t gone away in a few days, you can communicate with your physician and get a prescription. Even for more mundane circumstances such as needing to get a new birth control medication, you can explain your needs and get a same-day prescription.
What could it cover?
Here’s a number of example diagnoses that you can expect to be covered by Telemedicine:
- Colds and flu
- Sore throats
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Small wounds and cuts
- Asthma and respiratory and sinus infections
- Insect bites
- Conjunctivitis (or pink eye)
- Skin rashes, infections, or inflammation
- Sprained or strained bones
- Bladder infections and UTIs
- Vomiting, heartburn, and nausea
- Joint aches and pain
After going to get tests done you can also use telemedicine to speak with your doctor about the lab results and ask questions that may arise after the in-person visit. You can also follow-up on the progress of treatment or discuss the effects of a prescription. In essence, by leveraging telemedicine, you’ll have a medical professional available to support you at some of the most crucial moments when you’re dealing with difficult medical issues.
With PODERsalud, you can have this service available for you and your entire family with Spanish/English speaking medical professionals at a very accessible price. In fact, on average families will save over $1,100 a year by using this benefit a few times a year.
What are the advantages?
Let’s be honest, most of us have busy schedules that often don’t allow time to visit a physician. Adding to that the cost of lost work time and the cost of the doctor’s visit can be financially detrimental. The average doctor’s visit is $149, if you purchase a service like PODERsalud, aside from your small monthly fee, the consultation is free, no matter how often you speak to your medical advisor.
With telemedicine you can expect the following:
- More accessible care: Particularly if you use PODERsalud which offers access to Spanish/English medical professionals.
- More convenient care: No need to drive anywhere, or sit for hours in the waiting room.
- More affordable care: Healthcare costs are on everyone’s mind these days, especially nowadays! With rising deductibles and more unexpected out-of-pocket payment than ever, many of us can’t afford these much-needed services. Since telemedicine visits require fewer resources on the medical team’s side, patients can expect to pay less than they would for an in-office visit.
Should you trust Telemedicine?
Are patients comfortable and satisfied with their telemedicine experience? A study found that 94% of patients felt "very satisfied" after their telemedicine visit. On top of that telemedicine visits are typically conducted while you’re at home, when you feel is the best time for you and often while accomplishing other activities such as caring for children or making dinner. This meant that the experience feels more efficient and manageable with everything else going on in your life.
Don’t wait, enroll now and get the healthcare you need and deserve today!