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.

Source: telehealth.hhs.gov

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