This installment will come at a time where many providers may find themselves pushed into the deep end of telehealth. This is a round table interview with four medical doctors about providing telehealth. Some have just started and some have been providing telehealth services for a few years. As a disclaimer none of these conversations are meant to provide medical advice, diagnostic advice, etc. it’s surely operational and process advice only.
Synopsis: As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been challenged to change the way we think about how healthcare is delivered. Because of social distancing guidelines and people’s overall desire to limit their contact with others, telehealth exams have emerged as one of the most efficient ways to deliver medical care to patients without physically coming into contact with them. Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic communication technologies.
This podcast offers insight into telehealth visits through an interview with four physicians. These doctors explain what a telehealth exam looks like as well as the obvious and subtle differences between telehealth exams and in-person exams. They share how they handled their own skepticism during the transition to seeing patients via telehealth and how they moved to see patients who presented with more complicated symptoms via telehealth. They also share how they helped their patients deal with their own skepticism about this new way of seeking care. In short, this transition brought these providers back to the basics: trusting their gut.
Telehealth exams are an innovative way to deliver medical care to patients without the added risk of an in-person exam during a pandemic. If you are curious about what a telehealth exam is or how to get over the hump of being confident in the quality of care you are providing via telehealth, this is the podcast for you. Through sharing personal experiences, these doctors can prepare you for what to expect during your telehealth exam and touch on common questions that people have about these exams.