Virtual Doctor Visits: Will They be the New Norm?
I have a post-transplant appointment on the horizon. My transplant coordinator recently contacted me and shared that my appointment will now be conducted virtually, and I don’t know how I feel about this. The face to face communication is what I prefer, especially as it pertains to my healthcare. I was directed to only complete my blood draw at the hospital, but not proceed with the chest x-ray or spirometry test. I will complete the spirometry test at home with my handheld spirometer instead. If there is a decrease in lung function I will need to complete a chest x-ray.
The Cleveland Clinic has been offering these virtual appointments for the past several years. I do know some transplant patients who live several hundred miles away, who are taking advantage of this service. They seem to be quite happy with this set up because it saves them time and money. Most patients who come in from out of town usually stay the night and incur multiple expenses as a result of overnight accommodations.
I recently read an article by the Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials publication titled, “How Telemedicine Is Enhancing Healthcare during the Coronavirus.” The article summarizes how technology can benefit patients and which “appointments are suitable for virtual visits. Dr. Mark Rood writes, “Virtual visits allow us to address patients’ health concerns, safely and effectively. They’re especially important in this time of COVID-19.”
I am interested to know if any of our members have participated in a virtual doctor visit or appointment. What were the pros and cons of this for you?
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