Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — lets your doctor provide care for you without an in-person office visit. Telehealth is done primarily online with internet access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
There are several options for telehealth care:
Talk to your doctor live over the phone or video chat.
Send and receive messages from your doctor using secure messaging, email, and secure file exchange.
Use remote monitoring so your doctor can check on you at home.
Benefits of telehealth
Virtual visits are growing in popularity. Though in-person office visits may be necessary in certain cases, there are many benefits of telehealth care.
Limited physical contact reduces everyone’s exposure to COVID-19.
Virtual visits ensure you get health care wherever you are located – at home, at work or even in your car.
Virtual visits cut down on travel, time off from work, and the need for child care.
Virtual health care tools can shorten the wait for an appointment.
Virtual visits give you increased access to specialists who are located far away from your hometown.