Technology has been part of healthcare for decades.
Breakthroughs in medical equipment, procedures, and treatments have enabled us to live better, longer lives. The average human lifespan has continued to rise globally.
And in more recent years, technology has done more than just make healthcare more effective; it’s also made it more convenient.
One of the most important advances in healthcare technology is the rise of virtual care, or telemedicine.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a general term that covers all of the ways you and your doctor can use technology to communicate without being in the same room. It might include phone calls, video chats, emails, and text messages.
With virtual visits, your doctor can give you a diagnosis and prescription without you ever having to leave home.
How can a provider diagnose me without doing a physical exam?
Virtual care can’t completely replace in-person visits. But there are a lot of conditions that can be diagnosed and treated without a physical examination. Plus, knowing your medical history is considered “90% of the exam” when combined with the virtual interaction.
Here are some common conditions that can be addressed with telemedicine:
Cold or flu symptoms
Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.
Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, and red, watery, and itchy eyes.
Symptoms include redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes. It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes.
Symptoms may include dryness, itchiness, redness, lesions, or any other deviation of the normal structure or function of the skin.
Urinary tract infections
Symptoms may include pelvic pain, increased urge to urinate, pain with urination, and blood in the urine.
Symptoms of an upset stomach may include cramps, nausea, abdominal pain, heartburn, and bloating.
Virtual care for COVID-19
If you’ve received a positive COVID test, you can treat your symptoms and prevent hospitalization with the safe, new antiviral pill. And you can get this treatment with telemedicine.
With a free virtual visit, you can speak to a StarMed provider who can send a COVID pill prescription to your local pharmacy, or have pills mailed overnight to your door.
How to get started with telemedicine
Access to your healthcare providers has never been easier or more convenient.
To receive a diagnosis and a treatment plan from a StarMed provider over the phone or online, simply click here to schedule a free virtual appointment. Choose the day and time of your appointment, then sit back and rest until it’s time for your visit.
No matter where you are or what health concerns you’re facing, we’re always here for you.