It’s easy enough to credit the rise of virtual doctor’s visits as a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The truth is, this is an extremely convenient and reliable way to get expert medical help from the comfort of your own home. Telehealth services have allowed the healthcare industry to create a valid alternative to traditional in-office visits.
Not convinced? Here are some of the reasons we’re advocating for patients connecting with a doctor online.
Saving yourself a trip to the doctor’s office.
Have you ever gone to the doctor’s office with a lingering case of the sniffles, only to be told the best course of action is over-the-counter medication and good, old-fashioned R & R?
If so, you’ll be relieved to know that a virtual visit may ultimately save you a trip to the doctor’s office. Sometimes, all we’re looking for is the peace of mind that a medical professional’s guidance brings us – and that’s okay. On-demand care is an ideal option when it comes to a seasonal cough and cold, or maybe one of your little one’s cuts or scrapes.
Maintaining social distancing.
As we continue to prioritize the health and wellness of ourselves and those around us during a global pandemic, we’re constantly looking for ways to minimize risk of exposure. Reaching out to a medical professional from the safety of your own home is a great way to do so. Doctors can talk through your symptoms, and then direct you on whether an in-office follow-up is recommended.
Receiving personalized recommendations for follow-ups.
With all the options available in the healthcare industry today, it can be difficult to know where we should turn in a moment of crisis. Should I schedule a sick visit with my primary care doctor? Does my local urgent care clinic take care of this? Do I drive straight to the ER? Virtual health visits can help with that.
Note: If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening symptom or medical emergency, dial 9-1-1 and get to the emergency room nearest you.
No appointment necessary.
On-demand care is a completely modern approach to medicine. Think about the time and energy spent scheduling a doctor’s appointment: taking time off work, booking out weeks in advance.
Virtual health offers care when you need it. Now, you can continue to work from home and/or watch over the kids in the meantime.
Help caring for children.
Accidents happen, and getting immediate answers can help ensure that your children get the care and help they need.
On-demand care gives you the ability to access medical professionals right when you need them — to have a question answered, or a symptom checked. CH Care OnDemand allows providers to diagnose non-emergent conditions, prescribe medication, and discuss treatment options for patients aged 2 and up.
CH Care OnDemand
Get connected with CH Care OnDemand from a phone, computer or tablet. The service is staffed by local providers from Catholic Health, Catholic Medical Partners, and WNY Immediate Care, as well as Teladoc’s nationwide provider network.