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Specialists Using Telemedicine

Specialty care providers are an essential part of the healthcare system. Like their primary care counterparts, Specialty providers are increasingly turning to telemedicine as a way to provide better care to patients, expand their markets, and build more efficient, profitable practices. Here is a look at how some specialists are leveraging this powerful new tool.

Guide: Telemedicine for Specialists

Cardiology

Patients with congenital heart defects and cardiovascular disease often require precise treatment plans and ongoing care. Telemedicine makes managing these conditions easier on both the patient and the provider.

Dermatology

Telemedicine is ideally suited for both routine skin assessments and urgent triage needs. Today’s high-definition video systems are more than adequate for remote diagnosis and treatment of many skin problems.

Endocrinology

Telehealth helps providers manage patients with chronic endocrine conditions including diabetes and thyroid disease. A video visit is a great way to handle adjustments to various hormone and hypertension treatments.

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists are often working with patients who have chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and chronic hepatitis C. Telehealth is a great option for managing the medications of people with these illnesses.

Hematology/Oncology

Hematologists and Oncologists use telemedicine as a way to monitor patients, adjust medications and manage treatment plans for patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, iron deficiencies, and other similar conditions.

Infectious Disease

Providers who treat patients with infectious diseases can use telehealth technologies to monitor symptom progression, adjust medications, and respond to unforeseen side effects. Doing this via video limits the risk of exposure for the provider and others in the office.

Nephrology

Telemedicine is a valuable tool for managing chronic care patients to slow the progression of kidney disease, working to avoid dialysis and/or transplantations. Nephrologists also use telehealth to develop at-home care plans for patients recovering from kidney replacement surgery.

OB/GYN

Obstetricians and gynecologists are able to manage a host of conditions ranging from postpartum depression to family planning using remote video. Telemedicine is especially valuable when it comes to postoperative care. Scheduling remote appointments allows doctors to provide a high level of care without placing a physical burden on the patient.

Pulmonology

Patients with asthma, bronchitis, COPD and those requiring mechanical ventilation are great candidates for remote visits. Telemedicine makes it easier for them to become active and engaged in their own healthcare.

Urology

Urologists are able to use remote video visits to treat patient’s chronic urinary tract disorders. They can also provide care and consulting for issues involving male reproductive organs.

As you can see, telemedicine has a role to play across the spectrum of specialties. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it gives one an idea of how widespread and valuable telehealth has become.

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