What Can Telehealth Be Used For?
In today’s world, virtual doctors can treat an unimaginable number of conditions, digitally. Telehealth technology has expanded from doctor-to-doctor communication to discuss patient diagnosis to Remote Surgeries (also known as TeleSurgeries), Stroke Telemedicine (also known as TeleStroke), and more. With the many telehealth platforms that have emerged from the recent Coronavirus, many variations of virtual doctor visit applications have bloomed to provide urgent help to the public health state of emergencies. With this abrupt change in healthcare, what many people want to know is, “What can telehealth doctors treat.”
What can a telehealth doctor treat?
Depending on the service you decide to use, the company will list the various conditions they treat upfront. Everyday symptoms like cold/ flu, sore throat, and other common conditions are typically treated across the board. When you start to look at the specialties each telehealth company focuses on, that’s where you can be more selective on your service of choice.
Typical provider specialties that are widely offered by a virtual doctor include:
- Acute Symptoms, the cold/ flu, sore throat etc. See what Bonum Health treats >>
- Mental Health and Behavioral Health consultations
- Men’s Health is a newer specialty (ED, Hair Loss, Weight Gain, etc)
- Dermatology and general skin condition questions
- Some Clinical Trials
Can telehealth doctors prescribe medication during an online visit?
A telehealth visit with a doctor has very little differences from going to an in-person doctor appointment. For example, Bonum Health doctors are all U.S. Board Certified and can prescribe medication as needed, minus controlled substances like pain medications. Virtual doctors can even request lab tests. For now you may have to leave your home for lab tests, but soon that will evolve as well.
Digital health technology has evolved to meet modern day expectations. Quick, convenient, simple as can be up until you have medications in hand. With this comes certain regulations that are put in place to help reduce certain medications from getting into the wrong hands. Painkillers like oxycodone and anxiety medications like benzodiazepines are examples of controlled substances. This is determined by state laws, please check with your state if you are looking to get prescribed or refills through a telehealth platform.
Typical Medications Prescribed:
- Antibiotics such as Penicillin, Amoxicillin, or Azithromycin.
- Allergy medicine like Clartin or Flonase.
- Asthma medications, such as Albuterol Inhalers or albuterol nebulizing solution.
- And more
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