GEHA | April 19, 2019
Technology has changed our lives. In health care it is changing the way patients seek care and medical professionals deliver care.
Telemedicine or telehealth is the use of computers and phones to access health care services and manage your health care. This saves time for both medical professionals and patients.
The goals of telemedicine include:
Telemedicine is a great tool to use for injuries and illnesses requiring minimal exams, such as a common cold, flu, fever, cough, sore throat, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, pink eye, ear problems, headache, nausea and vomiting.
With the help of telemedicine, doctors can provide a remote consultation to determine whether a patient should go to the emergency room. Telemedicine has reduced the number of patients in an emergency room for minor injuries and illnesses, which also helps reduce the cost of medical care for those patients.
GEHA telemedicine benefit
GEHA medical members are eligible for telemedicine powered by MDLIVE.
MDLIVE is designed to handle non-emergency medical conditions and behavioral health issues and can often substitute for a doctor’s office, urgent care center or emergency room visit. Telemedicine is not intended to replace your primary care doctor or to be used in life-threatening emergencies. Find more information an activate your account.GEHA medical members also get access to 24-hour health advice via phone or video with a registered nurse. Health Advice Line nurses can help evaluate symptoms and determine an appropriate method of treatment, which may include home-based remedies, referral to an urgent care facility or walk-in clinic, or accessing the telemedicine service to speak with a physician. Learn more.
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“How Telehealth Works.” mdlive.com, MDLive Inc., MDLIVE Medical Group, 2019.