Your Guide to Telehealth Primary Care: How It Works and Why You Need It

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Very often, the thing that keeps people from getting the high-quality, timely primary healthcare they need is an inconvenience. A primary care visit usually begins with you having to call your doctor’s office when you’re ill or have a medical concern and trying to schedule an appointment time that works for both you and your doctor’s schedules. This often includes arranging for time away from work, childcare duties, transportation, or other necessities. Then, there is traffic, parking, and waiting rooms filled with sick people to contend with on the day of your appointment.

There’s got to be a better way, right? There is! Telehealth involves a real-time video visit with a medical provider who can answer your questions, assess your symptoms, and prescribe needed medicine or additional tests, as needed.

What You Need For Telehealth

The underlying technology your medical provider uses for telehealth may change, but its core requirements from you are the same: you’ll need an internet-connected device with a working mic and camera. That’s it!

The devices many patients like to use are a laptop or iPad – something with a big screen, so you and your healthcare provider can easily see each other, especially if you want them to look at an injury, rash, or another issue you’re concerned about.

Making sure you’re located in a comfortable, private area at home or work will help make the experience a pleasant and effective one.

Why Use Telehealth for Primary Care Needs?

There are plenty of benefits of telehealth for primary care. These benefits include:

  • It’s quick and convenient. Yes, you’ll need to make an appointment for telehealth primary care, but there is a much higher likelihood you will be seen sooner than an in-person visit with your primary care provider. Not having to leave home cuts the amount of time you need to make for a doctor’s visit– an astounding convenience for busy people.
  • It’s private and your info stays safe. Any qualified medical provider you use for a telehealth appointment is required to use HIPAA-compliant technology, so you can rest assured that your conversation with your provider will be private and your personal information is safe from outside parties.
  • It’s affordable. Telehealth services are generally a fraction of the cost of an in-person visit. Many telehealth-based medical practices, like Dugan Family Healthcare, make it a point to make telehealth services affordable.
  • It’s often available after hours and on weekends. Many telehealth-based practices, like Dugan Family Medicine, are available to patients after traditional business hours – including evenings and weekends.

Primary Care Issues Treated Using Telehealth

There are many primary care issues that can quickly and conveniently be addressed using telehealth. In most cases, patients who choose telehealth want immediate access to a healthcare provider and are looking for advice, medication refills, or other common treatments that don’t require blood draws or other in-person exams or treatments.

Primary care conditions commonly treated using telehealth include:

  • Allergies
  • Chronic disease management (e.g., diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, and more)
  • Cold or flu
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Routine medication refills
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Wellness exam follow-up
  • Yeast infections

Telehealth Primary Care in Florida, Arizona, Kansas, and More States to Come!

Don’t wait to get the quality and timely medical care you need. High-quality, timely, and responsive medical care is available whenever you need it – through telehealth.

Call Dugan Family Medicine in Winter Park, Florida, at (407) 784-3290 and ask about our telehealth services.

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