By Nurse Kath, RN, BSN, MPH
What if you could see your doctor while in bed???
It’s not a “what if” but rather a “how”, and the answer is telehealth. That being said, a frequent question is “How can I use telehealth if I have a chronic illness?“
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Chronic illness generally refers to illnesses that last greater than three months to one year or more. For many of you, your illness has lasted a great deal longer than that. In addition, many people with one chronic illness are very likely to have multiple illnesses, which can make it incredibly difficult to keep track of your medical conditions, treatments, medications and care plans. In addition, some specialists are very advanced in their field, and you may want to travel to seek care for your condition.
But what if you could see the best physician in the country for your chronic illness from your bed?
For most of us, getting out of bed to see the doctor when we are feeling our worst is a very difficult task to say the least. But what if dragging yourself out of bed, driving to the doctor and waiting in a waiting room with acutely sick people coughing on you were not part of the experience to see your physician?
Telehealth could be the answer that you are looking for.
Sometimes the terms Telehealth and Telemedicine can be a bit confusing. In short, Telehealth is the overall access to care via technology. Telemedicine is actual care from a practitioner via technology from a remote location. Wellacopia hopes to provide you with the best practitioner for your specific illnesses. In addition, Wellacopia can help you locate physicians that already utilizes Telemedicine.
Wellacopia’s mission is to help you link up with providers that are proficient in the care of YOUR condition and YOUR personal preferences. There are some providers that are more than happy to have a video or phone conference with you. Therefore, if you have a chronic condition you might actually be able to get the help you need without having to go into an office every time. A step that seems small for some but takes a significant effort from your energy stores for the day. In addition, you could see some of the best providers throughout the country without having to travel to remote locations.
Telehealth and patient portals allow you, the patient, to have access to your records and to see your care plans at all times. As a patient with chronic illness, you could upload information that is pertinent to your care from your phone or get reminders for treatment. Although this is still an evolving field, there is hope that your access to care will become more personalized and more convenient every day.
Nurse Kath is a member of Wellacopia’s Community Team