Are Telemedicine Visits as Effective as In-Person?

Are Telemedicine Visits as Effective as In-Person?

Telemedicine services have been around for years, and are becoming more popular and essential as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some medical needs still require an in-person visit to the doctor’s office, there are several routine health care services that can be delivered effectively through telemedicine. 

At Midwest Regional Health Services, our team of primary care and urgent care doctors and specialists offers a range of health care services including telemedicine from our office in Omaha, Nebraska.

Are telemedicine visits as effective as in-person?

Telemedicine is highly effective for certain types of services. It isn’t designed to replace face-to-face visits with your doctor, but to make it easier and more convenient to access the services that can be provided to you and your family without the commute. 

Here’s an example of some of the health care and medical services available through telemedicine:

Telemedicine is ideal for non-urgent, non-life-threatening symptoms and conditions. If your doctor determines that you need in-person treatment or follow-up care after a telemedicine appointment, you’ll still be able to access the care you need when you need it.

The benefits of telemedicine

Technology has allowed doctors and healthcare specialists to offer virtual “house calls” safely and efficiently. Telemedicine services offer many benefits to patients of all ages and backgrounds, and are especially beneficial for patients at higher risk for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, who live far away from a primary or urgent care facility, and who have limited mobility or are confined to their home or a managed care facility like a nursing home or assisted living. 

Telemedicine also allows patients to access certain preventive and routine follow-up care services that are important, but that many people would otherwise skip due to issues that make getting to an in-person appointment at the doctor’s office difficult or inconvenient.

Telemedicine isn’t designed to replace quality in-person care, but rather to act as an additional tool to enhance medical care and make services more accessible and convenient. If you’re not sure whether a telemedicine appointment is right for you, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and make a recommendation based on your medical needs and circumstances!

For more information about telemedicine and other primary and urgent care services available at Midwest Regional Health Services, contact us today to schedule an appointment, either at our office or virtually. 

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