How to better prepare for your telemedicine appointment

That phrase- ‘the new normal’ is now getting old. Yet, we find ourselves in situations everyday where we need to learn, adapt, and upgrade ourselves constantly. Our health and how we take care of our medical needs is one such area.

A visit to a doctor was never so fraught with anxiety as now. Many people, especially those with comorbidities are reluctant to go for in-person doctor visits. Doctors too are being cautious, trying to keep their exposure to a minimum. In such a scenario telemedicine has become a boon. It is as if the telemedicine revolution was brewing just to make our lives a tad easier when Covid-19 hit.

While it’s definitely more convenient and comfortable to meet with a doctor digitally, saving us the bother of being stuck in a waiting room with old magazines for company, it comes with its own set of pre-visit preparations. Let us look at some of the ways in which you can maximize the outcome of your telemedicine visit and reap the benefits this technology brings us.

  1. Find a quiet corner:  It is important to be in a place where you can give your complete attention to your appointment. Make sure there are no distractions or anyone to disturb you. Also make sure the room is well lit, so you are clearly visible in case of a video call.
  1. Prep the tech: It doesn’t matter if you are using your laptop, tablet or phone. Make sure you check out the app that the telemedicine company is using. Make yourself familiar with Skype, WhatsApp or FaceTime. Also make sure your device is fully charged and ready to use.
  1. Keep your records ready: Your healthcare provider will ask you for your medical history, information about your vitals and documentation of any symptoms, side-effects etc. Make sure you keep all your paperwork, sorted and ready, so you don’t feel flustered or stressed at the time of the appointment. If you use a telemedicine apps such as KnowYourMeds, your work becomes a lot simpler because all your ‘paperwork’ is digitally available to share with the doctor.
  1. Write your questions down: It can be hard to remember everything that you want to ask your doctor. In order to make the most of the time you have, make sure you jot down your queries. Do this several hours before your appointment, so you have time to add questions as you may think of new ones. You may have questions about the diagnosis, symptoms, side-effects to medicines, contraindications with existing medicines, follow-up tests etc.

Telemedicine is a great way to get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Making sure you are well-prepared for your call can be a very satisfying experience with none of the anxieties of hospital visits and all of the benefits of personalized care.

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