Telehealth makes it easier for many people to see their health care providers. But you may wonder what conditions doctors can treat through telehealth. Almost anything, as it turns out.
At East Side Primary Medical Care on New York City’s Upper East Side, our skilled primary care provider, Dr. Daniel Klein, offers telemedicine appointments to manage chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, treat acute illnesses like the flu, and refill prescriptions.
Here, we want to talk about telehealth and what conditions we can treat remotely.
It may feel very new, but health care providers have been practicing telehealth for more than 100 years. It started in the Netherlands with the transmission of a patient’s heartbeat over the telephone. Today, we use advanced telecommunication technology to transmit vital health information, remotely monitor health, and virtually visit with patients.
Telehealth allows medical experts to diagnose, treat, and help prevent illnesses and injuries without having to visit an office. It gives us the ability to see patients who are unable to come to the office, improving their access to the health services they need to get better.
Conditions treated through telehealth
Because you’ve been coming into the office for medical care most of your life, you may not know what conditions we can treat remotely. As it turns out, we can treat a wide range of health concerns, from acute illnesses and injuries to chronic diseases and mental health.
The following are some of the conditions we can treat with telehealth:
- Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
- Depression and anxiety
- Skin conditions
- Colds and flu
- Migraines and headaches
- Back pain and arthritis
- Minor cuts and scrapes
You can even get health services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychotherapy through telehealth. We also offer medication management through telehealth for prescription refills and medication changes.
With advances in remote patient monitoring equipment, we can even monitor health data, like your blood glucose numbers and blood pressure, to help you better manage diabetes or high blood pressure.
When to actually visit the doctor
Telehealth is a great tool for getting medical care for chronic health issues and minor illnesses and injuries. However, we can’t treat life-threatening health conditions remotely. If you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, or a gaping wound, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
We may also need you to come into the office for a physical exam, treatment for an injury, or if we’re unable to diagnose your health issue during your telemedicine appointment.
Of course, you may prefer seeing your doctor in person and that’s okay too.
Telemedicine may not work for everyone, but it certainly makes it more convenient for many people to get the care they need. We feel fortunate to offer telehealth visits for our patients.
Schedule your telemedicine appointment by calling our office today or booking an appointment online.