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Who Offers Telemedicine?

Telemedicine has big advantages for healthcare providers and patients alike. Providers are able to see patients more efficiently and expand their markets. Patients avoid the hassle and cost of going into an office each time they need care. For a long time, technological challenges and costs kept the use of telemedicine relatively limited. But today, the widespread availability of high-speed internet connections and devices with high-definition video capabilities has made it possible for the use of telemedicine to be greatly expanded. Now providers of many types are able to offer the option of video visits.

Primary Care Practices

Video visits are used by primary care practices as a way to enhance the service they offer to patients. Here are a few of the common uses of telemedicine in primary care:

  • Follow- Up Visits: Primary care practices find that offering a follow-up visit via video makes it easy for patients to comply with the provider’s instructions and ensure that the patient is improving as expected.
  • Medication Management: Patients with chronic conditions or those who are on a medication for a long time enjoy the convenience of video visits for medication management.
  • Reviewing Test Results: A video visit is an excellent way for a provider to discuss laboratory or radiology results without requiring the patient to trek into the office.
  • Lifestyle Coaching: People working to lose weight or quit smoking can benefit from regular video coaching and treatment plan management.

Specialists

Specialty care providers have found that telemedicine is an effective way to ensure that patients get the expert care they need. The approach allows people to see the best provider for their particular condition, even if they aren’t located nearby. Specialties that commonly leverage telemedicine include:

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • OB/GYN
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Mental Health Providers

The use of telemedicine by mental health providers is sometimes called Telemental Health, Telepsychiatry, or Telebehavioral Health. One of the reasons that telemedicine for mental health services is so popular in the United States is a shortage of qualified providers. Telemedicine makes it possible for fewer providers to serve more patients efficiently. It is ideal for medication management, or for checking-in between visits.

Urgent Care

Both stand alone urgent care clinics and primary care providers are using telemedicine to meet the demands of patients for immediate access to care. Clinics devoted solely to the practice of urgent care medicine incorporate telemedicine as a way to reduce costs, increase market share, and ensure patient loyalty. Primary care offices use video visits to extend office hours, making it possible for patients to fill all of their needs within the practice, rather than turning to retail or online only providers.

Online Only Services

There are now a number of services that offer on-demand, online access to health professionals for video visits, often 24×7. Patients simply log into a web-based or mobile application and request a visit. A licensed healthcare professional provides care for everything from cold and flu symptoms to allergies and depression. These services often offer affordable rates for people who pay out of pocket, and some visits are covered by insurance. Doctor on Demand, and Amwell are examples of this type of service.

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