Virtual visits are a key component of telehealth services and health IT, allowing patients to speak virtually to a healthcare provider using their computer, tablet, or smartphone. By allowing patients to skip trips to the doctor's office, virtual visits can improve healthcare access in rural areas and keep vulnerable patients safer while creating convenience for all.
What are Virtual Visits?
The terms "telehealth" and "virtual visits" are often used interchangeably, but virtual visits represent just one component of the telehealth concept. Healthcare providers can use video and audio to meet with patients during virtual visits to assess, review, and diagnose various physical and mental concerns.
Because patients can attend a virtual visit from practically anywhere, these services improve accessibility and convenience, especially in rural areas and for individuals traveling away from home. Vulnerable members of the population, such as the elderly and immunocompromised individuals, can also benefit from virtual visits as it helps them avoid unnecessary exposure to unfamiliar people and places. Any patients can benefit from virtual visits since it removes the travel and waiting time for patients. The visit time is just the time spent with the nurse and provider, the convenience is one of the most significant reasons to implement and participate in virtual visits.
What Can Be Treated in a Virtual Visit?
Virtual visits do not replace the need for a physical visit to the doctor's office in all circumstances, but they can provide faster, easier access to healthcare professionals in certain situations. When patients have concerns relating to the following conditions, a virtual visit could prove effective for assessing, diagnosing, and treating them:
- Colds, cough, and sore throats
- Skin conditions, including rashes
- Follow-up after surgery and procedures
- Prescription refill requests
- Mental health, including therapy
While a virtual healthcare provider may direct a patient to book an in-person appointment in certain situations, the above concerns can often be addressed without the need to visit a doctor's office. As such, virtual visits can allow providers to streamline care planning and delivery and improve the patient experience.
How TempDev Can Help Implement Virtual Visits
TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers are here to support enhanced accessibility, as well as customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency.
As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. From dashboards to automation and workflow redesign, TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to implement streamlined virtual visits in your practice.
Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to optimize your virtual visit offerings.
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