From cash to coffee orders, it seems as though everything in our lives has gone digital. And why not? Technology has made everything simpler, faster, and more efficient. However, if you’ve ever suffered a bad wifi connection or slugged through figuring out new software, you know that technology has its drawbacks.
So, you might be wondering if digitizing your health care is a good idea.
We understand that telemedicine — even if it’s not necessarily a new idea — brings with it no small amount of skepticism. But at Prime Choice Family Clinic & Urgent Care in Frisco, Texas, we’ve seen the power of telemedicine firsthand and can confidently say that it’s just as effective as traditional in-office visits.
Here’s everything you should know about going digital with your doctor’s visits.
The basics of telemedicine
Telemedicine is a remote health care service that allows you to consult with one of our health care providers virtually from the comfort of your home, office, or another location. Its main goal is to connect you to professional medical care from a place of your choosing, which can save you time and money.
Telemedicine is a great option for patients following up on a previous consultation, seeking medical advice, or discussing health concerns. In-office appointments may be better if you’re just starting your care journey with us or have a severe, chronic condition.
We understand if you’re wary of sharing your personal medical details over the phone, but rest assured your connection is safe and secure.
With telemedicine appointments, you can avoid long wait times at a doctor's office, minimize your exposure to sick patients, save time and money, and not have to arrange for childcare or take time off from work or school.
We also offer same-day appointments to cater to your schedule.
What to expect with telemedicine
During your telemedicine appointment, we contact you through your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Then we conduct your appointment as if you were in the office. We discuss your medical history and symptoms and perform a virtual exam.
After your virtual consultation, we create a treatment plan, recommending the most suitable treatment options based on your diagnosis, medical history, and symptoms.
In cases where a physical examination or additional testing is required, we may recommend scheduling an in-person visit. And in situations where we suspect a complex medical problem, we may refer you to a specialist.
The accuracy of telemedicine
Convenience and slick technology are all well and good, but it's all for naught if the diagnosis isn’t accurate. We’re proud to report that telemedicine appointments are very effective. In fact, research shows that virtual and in-person diagnoses match up almost 90% of the time.
Our providers have years of experience identifying a wide range of health problems and have the expertise to reach an accurate diagnosis even from afar. Ultimately, whether or not telemedicine is right for you requires a discussion with one of our providers. We can help you decide if we can handle your health care needs through telemedicine or if they would be better addressed in person.
To learn more about telemedicine or to address any other health care issues, call 214-550-0911 or book an appointment online with Prime Choice Family Clinic & Urgent Care today.