With the rising use of telemedicine, it has never been easier to contact a healthcare physician for a variety of needs. Telemedicine offers a platform many users claim to be “more comfortable” in discussing their concerns or needs, even symptoms once thought of as “just a part of aging.”
For men specifically, reports of receiving care specific in Urology has been at an all time high. More so, with at home test kits available through select telemedicine platforms, reaching a diagnosis all from the safety at home has increased reporting numbers from telemedicine users.
- Video consultations: Video consultations with healthcare providers has been a revolutionary step for patient care, especially with the risk of COVID 19 this last year. Not only is it safer, but video consultations through telemedicine are more convenient than scheduling an in-person visit. Whether it is for preventative measures, such as a check-up or the onset of mild to severe symptoms, telemedicine connects you to a provider with ease. With Urology specifically, several users report seeking a consultation due to “mild symptoms,” yet with video consultations, physicians have been able to take the first step towards diagnosis but asking preliminary questions or gathering important patient history. While diagnosis is limited through the digital platform, these important steps are required to reach diagnosis, and may even present a need for at-home tests if provided through the telemedicine application.
- At-Home Tests: Another unique attribute to telemedicine is the emergence of at-home tests for patients to avoid a trip to the physical office. Especially with preventative medicine needs, at-home testing may be the best solution for you.
- Managing Chronic Conditions: Through telemedicine platforms, managing chronic conditions or pain is also made easier. Requesting prescription refills or consulting your physician in any changes in a preexisting condition can be solved in minutes.
Thus, receiving care through telemedicine applications is not only easier and convenient, but also offers a complete and comfortable space for patients in need of care. Whether your need is preventative, such as a yearly check-up or mild to serious symptoms you need to consult a healthcare provider regarding, telemedicine provides a platform for all your needs. Now more than ever, telemedicine is an important tool in your help, even in specialty fields like Urology.