Updated: Aug 19, 2020
As the Covid-19 outbreak continues, patients and healthcare providers across the globe are embracing telemedicine like never before. On-demand virtual care like QuickVisit Now gives patients 24/7 access to care that’s affordable and easy-to-use. Virtual care offers many benefits - not only to patients, but to healthcare workers, too. It’s a great precautionary way to help combat the spread of Covid-19. Here are a few ways how virtual care helps #stopthespread:
1. Telemedicine Minimizes Exposure of Patients
Patients are prioritizing safe, convenient, and affordable care now more than ever. Telemedicine is an ideal solution for patients who want to minimize possible exposures. They’re able to be safely triaged and evaluated while protecting themselves, their community, and the clinicians.
2. Virtual Care Also Minimizes Exposure of Healthcare Workers
Covid-19 has forced healthcare providers to adjust how they triage, evaluate, and care for patients. Telemedicine gives healthcare providers a way to safely collect patient medical history, travel history, and exposure information from a [virtual] distance.
3. It Reduces the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used daily by healthcare personnel to protect both themselves and their patients. The pandemic has caused major PPE shortages all throughout the U.S, healthcare system. If patients regularly opt for telemedicine, though, PPE usage can be reduced drastically. This will also result in appropriate distribution of PPE among healthcare providers.
4. Telemedicine Helps Maintains Continuity of Care
Regular office visits can be easily converted to telemedicine visits. It’s great for simple prescription refills and follow-up appointments. It even allows for uninterrupted care of established primary care patients. The CDC states that, “Maintaining continuity of care to the extent possible can help avoid additional negative results from delayed preventive, chronic, or routine care.” (1)
Telemedicine has proven to be our healthcare provider’s first line of defense to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This easily accessible care won’t be stopped when the surge of coronavirus is reduced, though. This is a pivotal moment in the medical field. Patients have more control now on how they receive their healthcare. And it looks like virtual care is here to stay.
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“Using Telehealth Services.” Centers for Diseases Control, US Department of Health & Human Services. www.cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/telehealth.html.