COVID-19 and the Future of Telehealth Services

Covid-19 or novel coronavirus is something the world has been dealing with for the better part of a few months now. By now, the majority of states, counties, and cities have issued some form of a lockdown order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This fairly extreme measure which has seen most non-essential businesses shut down for the duration of the lockdown has impacted the lives of US citizens in some ways or another. Businesses and administrations are seeking out ways to continue services while protecting workers and keeping customers as safe as possible. In all medical fields, the value of telehealth services has been highlighted by this pandemic.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is the distribution of healthcare services through technological means. In other words, using technology to interface with patients is a direct function of telehealth. Telemedicine falls under telehealth but is more specifically referring to the direct use of technology to remotely treat a patient’s condition.

An example would be receiving information from a device about a diabetic’s blood sugar levels through glucose monitoring devices. This means that the patient can lessen the amount of routine visits they have and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Telehealth, on the other hand, is an umbrella term that encompasses all remote aspects of healthcare. The simplest of which would be virtual consultations—something that Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery is currently doing.

Telehealth Services Are the Future

As discussed, the coronavirus quarantine is truly showing the power of telehealth services at a time when face to face contact is not possible or wise unless absolutely necessary. Estimates show that embracing such services would help cut costs for healthcare while providing greater access to qualified healthcare professionals. The lack of qualified staff for America’s healthcare needs is no secret.

There are many, many devices out there that can provide non-invasive monitoring for healthcare purposes. Not only that, but several specialized apps and technologies can act as screening tools for extremely simple check ups that do not yet require medical attention.

Some people feel as though this will degrade their access to quality care, but it is the opposite which is true. Through telehealth, you will have access to the same care but much quicker. It is significantly easier for a doctor to fit in a video call to hear out your concerns and reassure you of the best course of action then to schedule an appointment and have to manage your time around what is happening in what is most likely a very busy doctor’s office.

Our Virtual Consultations

Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery is always on the cutting edge of best practices and technology. This coronavirus incident has shown us the usefulness of video applications for online consultations now and in the future. Not only that, but patients have also realized that they can receive quality guidance through an online consultation.

Because of the rather quickly escalating nature of Covid-19, many companies were attempting to adapt as fast as possible using video conferencing technologies such as Skype, Zoom, or Apple’s FaceTime. We ourselves have used Zoom to have virtual consultations with our patients.

Going forward, Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery will be adopting high-end technologies such as Touch MD to service our many patients who stand to benefit from virtual consultations. Before any surgery is done, a preliminary discussion about what the patient’s expectations and goals will be are important to the success of the surgery.

Because cosmetic surgery is visually oriented, we can get a lot more out of virtual consultations than many medical fields which require lab testing and other forms of monitoring that are best done in person—at least initially.

As a celebrity cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Greenberg often has many clients from out of state (or even out of country!) requesting his services. Virtual consultations using HIPAA compliant software allow for the greatest flexibility and convenience for our numerous out of state patients—as well as those who do not wish to fight traffic in New York to ask some preliminary questions.

Cosmetic Surgery Long Island

Visit us at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island if you’re seeking out a solution to a cosmetic concern you have. Breast implants, breast reduction surgery (male and female), rhinoplasty, we do it all!

You likely have many questions you wish to ask, at this time we are offering a complimentary virtual consultation for all that are interested in getting a procedure done.

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