Virtual health care can seem intimidating after a lifetime of in-office visits. But think of it as an additional tool to use to get the best care possible, says Matthew Faiman, M.D., who is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic. “It isn’t meant to replace face-to-face care.” These are 5 benefits of virtual care for patients, according to health care professionals:
You waste more time than you think on routine doctor visits, whether it’s sitting in stop-and-go traffic or in a waiting room. “Virtual visits reduce travel time,” says George Go, M.D., of Kaiser Permanente Northwest.
Managing chronic conditions
Several hospital systems use virtual-care technologies to monitor ongoing health conditions — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD — as frequently as daily, so they can act immediately if anything goes awry.
More efficient health care
One potential benefit of telehealth care is having primary doctors and specialists participating together in a virtual visit, reducing the number of appointments you need and, in many cases, the costs you pay.