Visiting a doctor has never been easier. With advancements in technology, healthcare has become more accessible and convenient for patients and doctors alike.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is defined as healthcare conducted remotely using a phone or the Internet. It enables you to have virtual appointments with vascular experts, without the need to travel to a medical office.
How Does Telemedicine work?
Telemedicine visits allow you to meet with a vascular specialist in real-time, on your own schedule, without visiting in person. Also called an online doctor visit or a virtual doctor visit, these types of appointments let our specialists monitor your vascular condition through a simple phone call or online video chat.
Benefits of Telemedicine
Telemedicine helps make quality vascular care more cost-effective and accessible. You can easily receive expert vascular care from the comfort of your home—which is essential during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our online medical visits are also a great solution if you need vascular care but are too far from one of our centers. You no longer have to waste time in traffic for a quick consultation.
Telemedicine means flexibility. You don’t need to worry about taking time off work or finding childcare to make it to an appointment—use our online doctor visits to meet with a vascular specialist on your own time.
Virtual doctor visits are a new and easy way to meet with your doctor, with the same compassionate quality care you would receive at an in-office visit. Additional benefits of telemedicine include:
- Telemedicine is great during the current COVID-19 situation.
- Makes it more efficient if you are too far from a center but want to consult with a specialist.
- Virtual visits ensure precious time is spent with family and not in traffic.
- Flexible enough to make time for virtual visit. No more missing work!
- Convenience of these visits allow you to see a specialist from home, meaning you can meet with a doctor without needing childcare.
How is Telemedicine Conducted?
A telemedicine appointment is relatively simple. It typically involves a virtual meeting between you and one of our vascular specialists at a time you specify is convenient. Our visits are mainly conducted over the phone: video chat is only required when you have concerns about visual symptoms. When one of our specialists reaches out to you, they will determine what you need to do during your visit.
Telemedicine requirements are simple, with various platforms and applications designed for this purpose. Most of the latest computers and smart phones have webcams that work well for medical e-visits. During your visit, you will be asked to provide your medical history as well as information about your vascular condition/symptoms to the vascular specialist for further discussion.
Uses of Telemedicine
At USA Vascular Centers, due to the nature of our treatments, we offer the following visits through our telemedicine service:
Initial diagnosis — You can consult with a vascular doctor for the first time for all your vascular disease concerns, to receive a diagnosis, or to get a treatment recommendation. A telemedicine visit can also help determine what type of care you may need.
Monitoring vascular disease — If you have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, our telemedicine visits are a great way for you to meet with a vascular expert to monitor your symptoms and determine any signs of progression or improvement.
Follow-up visits — Our telemedicine service is a useful resource if you’ve already received treatment from us and want to follow-up on your procedure. After your procedure appointment, give us a call to confirm that you want to do your follow-up visit from home. We will set everything up for you and reach out at a time most convenient to you.
Accessible Care From Vascular Experts
As technology and healthcare continue to advance, telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular. The cost-savings and convenience help make quality care from professionals accessible to anyone suffering from vascular disease. We know that vascular disease often causes painful symptoms. We don’t want anyone to sit at home in pain because they believe they can’t get treatment.
Think of your telemedicine visit just as a normal doctor visit where you go to the center. The difference is that you will meet with the doctor over the phone or through video chat to discuss your condition.
If you have any questions about our telemedicine service, or if you want to verify your insurance coverage before you schedule an appointment, feel free to call us at 888.773.2193.