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6 Myths About Telemedicine

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Telemedicine is a rapidly growing field that has become more popular because of COVID-19. Telemedicine uses electronic communication to discuss health concerns between a medical professional and a client.

Telemedicine (also known as telehealth) is used in non-emergency health situations such as when a person has a cold, flu, allergies, and more. There are many myths about telemedicine that keep people from taking advantage of all its benefits. Thanks to telemedicine, medical professionals can now evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients without seeing them in person. 

Let’s debunk the six most common telemedicine myths. 

1. Telemedicine Doesn’t Use Real Doctors

Telemedicine doctors are board-certified and licensed to practice in your state. The doctors face rigorous training and credentialing, so you’ll always get expert advice. 

In some cases, you may speak to a nurse practitioner or registered nurse. 

2. An Online Doctor Can’t Prescribe Medication

If you require a prescription after speaking with your doctor, the pharmacy of your choice can receive it electronically. 

3. I Can Only Use Video Technology for my Telemedicine Appointment

Most telemedicine providers allow you to talk to a doctor through online chat or by phone. 

4. Telemedicine Is for Urgent Care Only

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In reality, the opposite is true. People who have chronic medical conditions can use telemedicine to consult with their doctors about symptoms or medications. It can also be a good medium to discuss test results. 

5. Telemedicine Diminishes the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The doctor-patient relationship does not suffer if you use telemedicine, as it does not replace regular visits. They are used to supplement your check-up appointments. 

6. Telemedicine is Only for People Who Live in Remote Areas

While telemedicine is ideal for those without convenient access to medical care, it is also widely used in large hospitals and clinics in suburban and inner-city areas. 

What is the ATA Directory?

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) launched a new directory of telehealth technology solutions. 

According to their press release, the directory features a growing list of digital health resources—from remote monitoring to telemedicine —to assist the healthcare industry during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you need help locating a telemedicine provider in your area, try the ATA directory for assistance.

The Future of Telemedicine

You may still have a few questions: Is telemedicine effective? Is it easy to get? We can help you get the answers you need. With a USAgencies telemedicine plan, you get access to affordable telemedicine care in all 50 states 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us today to purchase an individual or family plan. 

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