As medical and communication technologies continue to evolve, as do opportunities for patients seeking options for online care. These opportunities include safe diagnoses and convenient treatment plans as well as one-on-one time with medical experts from the comfort of home.
At The Urgency Room, we specialize in bringing medical care that goes beyond what you would find in a typical urgent care setting. Our access to top-of-the-line medical equipment and experienced medical professionals is what sets us apart and why we’re such proponents of telehealth.
In a post-pandemic world, the benefits of telehealth have never been more significant as people seek trusted medical help for their symptoms. So, we’ve taken the time to unpack telehealth benefits for 2022 and help you better understand what makes this feature so special.
#1 A Health Care Approach Fit for Your Busy Schedule
Whatever the cause of your busy schedule, telehealth offers a solution. It used to be that appointments for a simple sore throat or urinary tract infection required a few hours of your paid sick time, if not a half-day. With telehealth, you can receive on-demand care from an emergency trained provider without an appointment.
While you may see wait times vary depending on volume and your area, you save big on travel time (not to mention gas money). In other words, you could even do your online visit from your office and have a diagnosis or treatment directions in less than an hour.
#2 Telehealth Services Adhere to a Range of Symptoms
Telehealth and telemedicine practices have been around for years, but it seems only recently people have become more aware of online care’s capabilities. Typical symptoms that may be diagnosed via telehealth include those related to:
- COVID (symptoms or testing)
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infections
- Eye infection or general irritation
- Sinus infections
Once your health care provider evaluates your symptoms, they may have you come on-site for a lab test. The Urgency Room, for example, will direct patients to a nearby available site for a test without making the patient wait to see another provider.
#3 Safety for Everyone Involved
The very nature of online care removes a degree of risk from the traditional clinic visit. Patients who are unsure of their contagion level—or that of other patients at clinics—can rest easy knowing telehealth provides a safe alternative.
Families especially have come to rely on telehealth to have children examined at home and kept away from viral infections. Of course, the clinicians themselves also benefit from the safety of telehealth as they face contagious viruses daily.
What Is the Key Benefit of Telehealth?
As vital as safety is to every patient, the key benefit of telehealth is arguably convenience. It’s convenient for the providers and clinical team, the workers at reception, and especially the patients themselves. Not only do online care services remove risk and provide a range of options for evaluation, but they do so while making life easier amid pressing health concerns.
Please note that telehealth isn’t right for every symptom, especially very serious symptoms. If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, you should dial 9-1-1 immediately.
For more comprehensive information on telehealth services, check out our FAQ.
We Provide More Than Urgent Care With the Same Convenient Approach
The Urgency Room provides expert medical care by emergency trained providers for a wide range of health care needs. We pride ourselves on holding a high standard of treatment for all patients who walk through our doors or connect with us online. Subsequently, we have medical equipment onsite that you cannot utilize at a standard urgent care facility, and we’re able to adhere to unique sets of symptoms.
The Urgency Room has locations around the Twin Cities, including Eagan, Vadnais Heights, and Woodbury.