Mobile Health In Phoenix
Many people think mobile health and telehealth is just about convenience. We’ve found that it means a lot more than that to our patients. Perhaps the most important ingredient in the doctor and patient relationship is trust. When I take time to have a virtual visit with a patient, they know that my goal is to help them be well and not just collect another copay. Also, because I make myself available for these kinds of visits, my patients are not forced to go to an urgent care or call a telehealth service and deal with a doctor that they don’t know. This could mean the difference in whether or not someone follows through with important health recommendations.
Why Not Do Telehealth?
How do you make it work?
When Does it Make Sense?
Every case is different. If someone has a question about the medication I already gave them, there shouldn’t be any reason to bring them back in just to ask that question. Unfortunately, in the insurance-based world, the doctor’s office relies on the copays for office visits. If they spent half their time answering questions by email or phone, they would literally go out of business, all of them. The same would apply to home visits. I do home visits on occasions when a person does not leave the home easily and when I know the patient well.
If you are already a patient, don’t be afraid to ask if something can be handled over the phone or otherwise. We will help identify when it’s more important to be seen in the office.