Telemedicine makes use of a digital platform to provide patients with better access to healthcare. With the COVID-19 pandemic changing everyone’s way of life, telemedicine is a convenient addition to the delivery of healthcare services. Unless absolutely necessary, patients no longer have to go to our facility to consult with our physicians.
Although telemedicine has its limitations, 7 out of 10 patients are more comfortable communicating via video, email, or text to their healthcare provider than in-person interaction, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
This technology was originally developed to help doctors and patients reach out to each other, for example, those who live in remote areas.
A study on telemedicine for orthopedic consultations in a remote area in Norway has revealed the effectiveness and swiftness of telemedicine for surgical and other orthopedic cases. The technology proved to be economical and convenient for the patient and the healthcare provider as there were only a few patients who needed to make a face-to-face consultation.
But how can telemedicine work for surgical orthopedic consultations? Our experts in orthopedics in Palm Beach County explain.
Telemedicine services at Orthopaedic Surgery Associates enable patients to consult their doctors without leaving their homes. With this technology, patients don’t have to risk going outdoors to get a professional opinion on their health concerns. Aside from convenience and safety, it is also very easy to use.
First, patients need to make an appointment for telemedicine video consultation. They can do this online, or call us on 561-734-5080 to schedule a video consultation in the comfort of their homes. We always take into consideration the availability of both the physician and the patient to find the best time.
Following the appointment schedule, you will receive additional instructions on what to prepare before the consultation. If necessary, you may be asked to download an app and install it on your phone, tablet, or computer. For reference, you might also need to prepare essential health documents.
As long as the internet connection is good, the consultation can take place. Navigating telemedicine is easy for patients familiar with video chats and similar platforms. This consultation is real-time, and both the patient and doctor can talk and see each other.
During the video consultation, the doctor will ask for the patient’s medical history, history of the present condition, and other necessary assessment questions. Because physical assessment is limited, patient honesty is of great importance.
Depending on the case, the patient and surgeon may agree on follow-up appointments. The patient might also be advised to visit the clinic in person if the situation requires. The doctor may also refer the patient for physiotherapy or issue a prescription.
At Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, we take the health and safety of our patients, the medical team, and the community very seriously. Our orthopedic doctors in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach continue to provide high-quality services in this critical time. We continue to look for better ways to serve our patients and improve our services to adapt to the new normal.
Orthopaedic Surgery Associates has helped many orthopedic patients improve their health and quality of life through the years. We have qualified specialists and state-of-the-art technology – you are in good hands.
If you are suffering from any orthopedic condition, don’t hesitate to consult our experts in orthopedics, Palm Beach County, to get a thorough assessment and accurate diagnosis of your condition. You can also request an appointment or call us at 561-734-5080.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
Whether it’s post-injury help or consultation about your first symptoms, our orthopedic doctors provide total management of patient care. Contact us find out more about OSA, our doctors, and our facilities, or to get started as a patient.