What Is Telehealth?
The Internet has transformed our lives during the last decades. It has changed the way we stay in touch with other people, study, work, and buy goods and services. However, modern technologies have also changed how we manage our health care as technology plays a big role in the medical domain today.
A range of telehealth and telemedicine tools are available today to help you manage your health. In these challenging times of self-isolation and quarantine, the benefits of telehealth are becoming more obvious to a growing number of people.
What is Considered Telehealth?
Telehealth, also known as e-health, is the use of digital technologies to provide distant health care, public health services, and health education. Telehealth is a tool that health providers use to care for their patients remotely when neither of them is physically present.
Does Telehealth Include Phone?
Yes, it does, but it is not limited only to the telephone. Telehealth includes a wide range of telecommunications, videoconferencing, and digital image technologies.
How Do You Access Telehealth?
Telehealth access usually requires sound and video. However, if a video cannot be done, a phone conversation will work. The service is usually provided through a toll-free telephone number or an online account.
You need to fill out some basic information about your current medical condition before you request a telemedicine session with a healthcare provider.
The video component can be done by downloading an APP called WhatsApp for all smartphones, or Facetime for iPhones.
How Much Does Telehealth Cost?
Telemedicine visits are $65 over the phone per consultation at Whitefish Vitality. Your medications will be called into your local pharmacy where your individual insurance will be applied to your medication costs. We are able to request up to a 90-day supply.
How Long Has Telehealth Been Around?
Telehealth has been around for about 40 years. However, in the last decade, it has been significantly growing in all sectors. Telemedicine reduces the barriers to receiving medical care. The use of telecommunications and technology allows doctors and other healthcare providers to provide care to their patients remotely, which makes telehealth convenient, cost-effective and time-saving.
Note: Despite its numerous benefits, telemedicine does not fully replace seeing your primary care doctor for in-person checkups but rather serves as an adjunct, especially during these unique times.