Telemedicine for Doctors

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many doctors are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. It’s no secret that doctors spend a sufficient amount of time following up with patients after they’ve left the office. Now, asking patients to return to the office for a simple follow-up visit is a thing of the past. For any appointments that don’t require a physical examination, telemedicine can be used, and that is where Direct Health’s secure messaging, call, and video platform can help.

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Telemedicine services provided by Doctors

Medication Management

Patients no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their medications. From birth control to antibiotics or antidepressants, telemedicine visits are an ideal solution for adjusting patient medications. It’s more efficient for both patients and providers without sacrificing physician compensation.

Lab Results and Screenings

Providers order multiple lab tests and screenings each day. For abnormal lab results, secure messaging and video allows doctors to discuss results with their patients without losing money on follow-up phone calls.

Provide Ongoing Care

For patients suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease, telehealth helps keep patients better engaged in their care. Physicians are able to monitor symptom progression, adjust medications, and modify treatment plans without asking patients to return to the office.

Clinical use cases for Doctors using telehealth

The benefits of telemedicine for your patients

Easy access to care drives engagement

Frequent missed appointments and failure to adhere to treatment plans are among a few things that hurt the long-term health of patients. By making access to care less of a burden, patients become more engaged in their treatment plans. This has long-term benefits for patients, their families, and the healthcare system as a whole.

Staying out of the waiting room

Waiting rooms are the last place any patient wants to be, especially if they are surrounded by others who may be contagious. They’ll appreciate the option to connect with you virtually from their home or office.

FAQs about telemedicine for Doctors

Not only is telemedicine software safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant, it’s required to be! The same requirements for patient privacy and confidentiality that apply for in-person visits apply to visits conducted virtually. The provider has the identical responsibility to protect patient information. The storage of electronic files, video, and images needs to be approached with the same caution as one would take with physical documents.

You can begin telemedicine for allergy without purchasing any new hardware. Services like Direct Health allow providers and patients to connect virtually through the app for smartphones and web.

Often, patients delay or put off treatment due to the inconvenience of travel, time off work, child care and more. Telemedicine allows you to provide the same quality care as you normally would to patients and they will be happier for the added convenience.

After entering your credentials, Direct Health allows you to securely prescribe medications during or immediately following a patient consultation to your patient’s preferred pharmacy.

The best telemedicine software for Doctors

Our handy buyers guide for telemedicine solutions

Fully HIPAA compliant

All telehealth software must be secure and HIPAA-compliant, because sensitive patient information is being exchanged. Software like Skype and FaceTime, for example, are not HIPAA-compliant and should never be used for patient encounters.

Appointment records

Simply for record keeping and on the off-chance you are audited, select telemedicine software that provides a thread of every interaction (including secure messages sent between provider and patient). This audit trail, combined with any thorough clinical documentation that can be exported to your EHR, is a telemedicine best practice.

Seamless EHR integration

Any telemedicine software should fit seamlessly into your existing practice workflow. The best way to ensure this is to select a product that integrates directly with your electronic health record system with the ability to import your existing patient list.

Legal and malpractice support

Telemedicine is heavily regulated. And these regulations vary state by state and are changing rapidly. In order to adhere to these laws and industry best practices, it’s important to find a telemedicine platform that offers comprehensive legal and regulatory support, and even malpractice insurance.

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