Associated Physicians Group, PLC
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Berkley, MI
If you lead a busy life, finding time to visit the doctor can be challenging. Thankfully, telemedicine makes access to routine health care much easier. At Associated Physicians Group, PLC, board-certified internal medicine specialist Neelum Gupta, MD, and board-certified family medicine physician, Camelia Salanta, MD, offer telemedicine consultations to all patients. Call the office today to request a telemedicine appointment at the practice in Berkley, Michigan.
Telemedicine Q & A
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine uses modern technologies like tablets, smartphones, and web cameras to allow face-to-face consultation with your doctor and transmit medical information electronically.
Telemedicine was invented more than 40 years ago but only recently increased in popularity due to things like the COVID-19 pandemic and improved access to affordable, high-speed internet.
With busy work schedules and personal commitments, making time to visit the doctor isn’t always easy. Telemedicine provides an opportunity to check in on your health from the comfort of your home or workplace.
What are the advantages of telemedicine?
Telemedicine offers several advantages. For one, it allows you to meet with your doctor when it's most convenient for you.
Telemedicine can protect your health and the health of others. For example, if you’re immunocompromised (meaning your immune system is working at full steam), sitting in a waiting room could expose you to the flu and another illness. By making a telemedicine appointment, you don’t have to risk exposure.
Telemedicine also provides access to medical professionals and specialists you might not be able to see otherwise. What’s more, if you have young children at home, you can meet with your physician without worrying about finding a babysitter.
What services does telemedicine provide?
Associated Physicians Group, PLC uses telemedicine to:
- Diagnose and treat health problems (acute or chronic)
- Review test results and preventive screenings
- Conduct annual physicals and wellness exams
- Keep an eye on acute and chronic conditions
- Educate people about nutrition and exercise
- Provide health counseling
You can also make a telemedicine appointment to request a prescription refill.
What happens during a telemedicine appointment?
At Associated Physicians Group, PLC, no two telemedicine appointments are exactly alike. Before recommending or suggesting a treatment plan, your provider asks about the reason for your visit and any symptoms you’re experiencing.
Afterward, your provider reviews your health history and conducts a physical exam. Because telemedicine appointments are carried out over a smartphone or computer, you might need to angle your device’s camera at specific parts of your body when the doctor requests it.
If a telemedicine appointment can’t provide an opportunity to make a thorough diagnosis, you might need to visit the practice in person at a later date.
Is telemedicine covered by insurance?
Telemedicine is a regular health care service, and most insurance providers cover them. Call your insurance company before scheduling a telemedicine appointment if you have any questions about your coverage.
Call the office today to book your telemedicine appointment at Associated Physicians Group, PLC.
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