Telemedicine: The Advantages of a Virtual Appointment From Your Home

Have you ever wished your doctor could make house calls? Telemedicine is a comparable and convenient option. Thanks to modern technology, this remote care allows you to have support and contact with your doctor when in-person visits aren’t realistic or feasible. 

These visits can take place in the comfort of your own home or even over a hectic workday lunch break. Whether you need a checkup, have questions about ongoing health needs, or notice symptoms that may reflect a condition in need of treatment, telemedicine can help.

Dr. Javier Sosa and his team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare located in The Woodlands Texas, are pleased to offer telemedicine by way of an easy-to-use app called healow, where you can schedule appointments and access your medical records. Read on to learn about the benefits of virtual medical care.

Access to specialists and information

One of the biggest advantages of telemedicine is the access it provides to information you might not otherwise have. If you aren’t able to see your provider in-person, whether because of an illness, injury, or difficulty making the commute, telemedicine puts health care in your own hands. 

During your appointment, you can ask Dr. Sosa questions that might lead to information or care you didn’t even know you needed, which is safer and less stressful than trying to figure things out on your own.

Comfort and convenience

When you’re not feeling well, driving to a clinic or office can seem daunting or even impossible. In other cases, matters such as childcare or caregiving can make the added time and effort involved with traditional appointments difficult. 

With telemedicine, you can get needed care and support in the comfort of your own home, no drive or commute time required. You simply need to be in a place where you have internet access. 

Improved outcomes 

Research published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society looked at a range of studies focused on telemedicine in adults ages 65 and older. The authors concluded that telemedicine can provide better health outcomes, particularly for older adults and those who live in rural communities. 

If you’re in the older adult population or have a compromised immune system, you can rest easier knowing you’ll avoid potential exposure to viruses in places such as a crowded waiting room.

Using telemedicine, Dr. Sosa can also determine whether more in-depth or in-person support may be necessary and guide you toward making that happen in a timeline that makes the most sense. While most telemedicine appointments aren’t followed by emergency care, it’s far better to be safe than sorry and know you’re making the best decisions for your health and well-being.

Learn more about telemedicine by calling Woodlands Primary Healthcare or requesting an appointment with Dr. Sosa on our website. No matter your health concerns, our medical team is here to help.

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