The Benefits of Telehealth
The coronavirus pandemic has altered many of our normal day-to-day interactions. To limit interaction with others, social distancing, curbside pickups, and telework are now the new normal.
Technology doesn’t just create work-from-home opportunities. You can also receive health care from home.
At Pediatric Care of Four Corners, our team, led by Eiman ElSayed, MD, provides comprehensive pediatric care, and that includes annual well-child exams, sick visits, vaccines, asthma management, and more. We’re now also offering telehealth via virtual appointments.
Telehealth allows your child to receive necessary care from the comfort of your own home. If you’re new to telehealth, that’s OK. We created this guide to share the many benefits of telehealth, both now during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Telehealth: What is it?
If your child is familiar with FaceTime or Skype, then they already have a good idea about what virtual doctor appointments look like.
When you use telehealth services at Pediatric Care of Four Corners, you don’t need to come into our office. Instead, you meet with one of our providers virtually via video call.
Not only can you skip the drive and the waiting room, but you can also reduce your risk of unnecessary exposure to harmful viruses.
During your virtual appointment, you connect with us via a high-definition video call. Thanks to crisp audio and video, you feel connected, even if you’re miles apart. During a telehealth session, we can cover many topics including:
- Review of past lab work
- New prescriptions or refills
- New or troubling health symptoms
- Symptoms pertaining to developmental conditions
Dr. ElSayed and our team offer telehealth appointments for children of all ages, and should you need further in-office care, we can give you the guidance you need.
The benefits of telehealth
If you don’t need to come to the clinic, you reduce the risk of exposing yourself (and your children) to a variety of infectious diseases, including the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19. This isn’t the only benefit of telehealth though.
Additional benefits include:
- Easier access to quality care (no transportation to arrange)
- Ability to receive medical attention quickly
- Less missed work (you can connect anywhere there is a stable internet connection)
- Easier to manage child care arrangements
- Comfortable setting for you and your child
- No time spent in a waiting room
Not all services can be addressed via telehealth, but many of them can. If you’re unsure if your appointment can be conducted virtually, give us a call and we’ll go over your options.
Should you need to come into our office, rest assured that we follow all of the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep you and our staff safe during your visit.
How to schedule your child’s virtual appointment
Telehealth appointments can be conducted anywhere that you have a good internet connection and access to a quiet location. You also need a computer with a webcam, a smartphone or a tablet.
You can request a virtual appointment with Dr. ElSayed by calling us at our Davensport, Florida, office or requesting an appointment using our online tool.