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Virtual doctor visits will likely stick around after COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual doctor visits will likely stick around after COVID-19 pandemic

The cause of your pain or that sniffling you can’t kick may be diagnosed outside of your doctor’s office.

365体育投注开户Virtual doctor’s visits, or telehealth appointments, are increasingly becoming the option health care providers use as the coronavirus pandemic expands.

365体育投注开户The telehealth option for many is preferable to routine wellness checks getting postponed or canceled to reduce the risk of exposing providers and their patients to COVID-19.

Most professionals are looking forward to the return of office visits.

365体育投注开户Dr. Obinna Moneme, who is the director of Telehealth at OhioHealth, said they want to first and foremost want to ensure the return is safe and patients feel comfortable.

365体育投注开户“Probably the biggest difference is you don't have the opportunity to lay hands on a patient,” Dr. Moneme said. “You’re really using your observational skills trying to find different ways to examine a patient if necessary.”

365体育投注开户Follow up visits are easier than new patient visits. The paperwork, including medical history, is done through an application in advance of your appointment.

365体育投注开户The time length of a virtual visit ranges on the need, but Dr. Moneme and other experts said at least fifteen minutes is reasonable.

The right equipment is also essential and includes a smartphone, tablet or computer. Check with your provider to see how they’re protecting your privacy.

365体育投注开户Be certain to make sure your appointment takes place on HIPPA compliant secure connections.