Although video telemedicine was recently understood as a futuristic concept fraught with practical limitations and difficulties, virtual healthcare delivery is here. Telemedicine has especially become common in the realm of specialty, such as the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
Traditionally, rheumatologists preferred in-person visits, but with the COVID-19 crisis and the precautionary measures that set in place, face-to-face healthcare may not be the best idea. Luckily, thanks to telehealth, rheumatologists can provide essential coverage to their patients.
Making a Telemedicine Appointment
With the current global health crisis, unless you or your loved one has to see a doctor. Take precautions and use Telemedicine whenever you can. To receive Telemedicine, you need an internet-enabled device such as a pc, smartphone, or tablet with a microphone, webcam, and internet connection. Unless you have symptoms that your doctor would like to investigate in person, you’ll probably be able to go through a successful consultation virtually.
The Importance of Staying Connected to Your Health Care Provider
If you are living with a rheumatologic health condition, you will understand the importance of having regular visits with your doctor. Whether in person or virtually, you need to stay connected with your rheumatologist. A recent pre-COVID-19 survey conducted to 500 creaky joint members indicated that almost 80 percent of the patients saw their doctor for treatments related to main health conditions, and 50 percent said that they have to go to the doctor every two or three months. While we are treading through unprecedented times, anyone living with a rheumatologic condition cannot afford to stay in touch with his or her health care specialist. These routine checkups are paramount to assess;
- How well a patient can carry out everyday activities.
- Arthritis symptoms and the general well-being of the patient
- Address any concern about the daily management of the condition
- Discuss any blood-work, x-ray, or lab results and any progression of disease activity.
- Queries regarding medications and discuss any side effects
What Telemedicine Can’t Do
Parts of the treatment and routine care cannot conclude virtually. They include;
- Provide hands-on examination such as access swelling joints
- Give injections or infusions
- Take a blood sample for testing.
If you need a face-to-face visit to your doctor, you can rest assured your health care’s office is taking the WHO’s precautions to keep you safe from COVID-19.