Telemedicine Visits Questions and Answers
Express Healthcare, LLC offers patients telemedicine visits. We are available when it’s convenient for you. To ensure the safety of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering telemedicine services. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have convenient locations in College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD to serve you.
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What is a telemedicine consultation?
How is a telemedicine consultation done?
When is a telemedicine consultation necessary?
Do we offer telemedicine consultations?
What are the benefits of Telemedicine?
A telemedicine consultation is a doctor’s appointment held through a virtual platform. While some doctor’s visits require an in-person interaction, for treatments such as vaccines, x-rays, lab tests and other conditions that require physical contact, many other types of visits can be performed through a virtual meeting. Similar to a face-to-face appointment, a telemedicine appointment will need to be booked to ensure that you and the doctor have a specified time to meet. At that time, you will meet through a secure, online platform as set up by the clinic. The patient will need to ensure that they have an internet enabled device with a microphone and camera in order to interact with the doctor and for the doctor to be able to see their patient. The appointment itself will be conducted much the same way as an in-person appointment, with the doctor asking questions about the concern you have. The doctor will make their diagnosis based on their observations of you and the symptoms or concerns you have.
A telemedicine consultation is conducted virtually through a secure, internet-based website. This is a site owned and operated by the clinic to ensure that the patient’s privacy and confidentiality are honored and of the upmost concern. When the patient books a telemedicine visit with their doctor, the clinic will send the patient all of the pertinent information needed to login for their appointment. This will include the website link and the patient’s unique login information. At the appointment time, both the patient and doctor will login to the system and conduct the appointment as normal. The doctor will ask a series of questions about the patient’s concerns and observe any visible symptoms the patient may have in order to make a diagnosis and provide a recommendation on treatment. If you have questions or concerns about telemedicine appointments, call any of our Express Healthcare, LLC locations to talk to one of our staff about what you can expect from a telemedicine appointment.
Telemedicine consultations can be used for any medical concerns that don’t require the doctor to physically be able to touch the patient for a diagnosis. Telemedicine consultations provide an easy and convenient option for medical treatment for patients who may struggle to get to their doctor’s office during business hours or if they have a medical concern that can be diagnosed by describing their symptoms. Medical procedures such as vaccinations, x-rays or diagnostic imaging, lab tests and anything that requires physical observation or administration of treatment can’t be performed through a virtual platform. However, many other illnesses and injuries can be, such as colds, ear infections, sore throats, rashes and many other conditions. Patients who are high risk may also want to have their appointments completed through telemedicine visits to reduce their risk of coming into contact with a sick person in the doctor’s waiting room.
Yes, at Express Healthcare, LLC we offer telemedicine appointments to our patients. Many conditions and illnesses can be diagnosed through this virtual service, right from the comfort of your own home. We offer our patients with a secure, private and confidential web-based platform in order to meet with one of our doctors to discuss your concerns. Our doctors are well-versed in telemedicine consultations in order to provide our patients with top-notch care while keeping everyone healthy and safe.
Telemedicine has many benefits for both patients and doctors. While it was in use in some clinics and doctor’s offices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s use has become more widespread in order to reduce the amount of face-to-face contact between people, especially when sick. Telemedicine visits provide an easy and convenient option for our patients to see their doctor without leaving their home or office. This means no travel time, no traffic and not having to sit in a potentially crowded waiting room. It is particularly beneficial when patients are sick as they can do the appointment from their bed or couch and not have to worry about leaving the house. Telemedicine appointments also keep the doctors safe, as they aren’t seeing a variety of patients with an assortment of symptoms and illnesses, and risking getting sick themselves. At Express Healthcare, LLC we offer telemedicine visits through our four clinic locations, with extended hours in the evening and over the weekend, so we’re available when it’s convenient for you. We serve patients from College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, and Berwyn Height, MD.