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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been practicing physical distancing and staying at home as much as possible. Many of us have postponed or cancelled in-person medical appointments. But although we are trying to be cautious, we should not neglect our own health needs. Telehealth has become an increasingly popular option during this pandemic, as a safe way to continue managing our health.
Telehealth appointments utilize video calls and similar technology to connect a health care provider to their patients. These virtual appointments allow health care providers to continue providing high quality care remotely, without patients physically needing to be present at their office. While telehealth cannot replace all appointments and examinations, it has grown in popularity as a new tool that can assist and enhance the relationship between a patient and a doctor. For more information on telehealth, read Keiro’s factsheet.
Keiro asked health care professionals in our community who are providing telehealth services about what these virtual appointments are like, and the benefits and challenges related to telehealth. We would like to thank physical therapist Dr. Natsuko Watanabe of Rising Sun Physical Therapy & Wellness in Newport Beach, and Keiro Board member and family medicine physician Dr. Claire Koga of Kaiser Permanente for making time to be interviewed.
What suggestions do you have for your patients as they prepare for their first telehealth appointment?
What can your patients expect during their telehealth appointment?
What happens after a telehealth appointment?
Keiro Call To Action: If you have not already, reach out to your doctors and other health care providers to see if they offer telehealth appointments. It is vital that we all continue to manage our own health during this pandemic, even if our concerns may seem less urgent.
To be continued to part 2: Benefits and limitations related to telehealth.
Rising Sun Physical Therapy’s Physical Therapists promote Optimal Health and Wellness through education, advanced manual therapy, and structured mobility and strengthening programs. Located in Newport Beach, their therapists are dedicated to providing personalized care that fits the patient’s individual needs taking into consideration the patients’ occupation, lifestyle, budget, etc. for more information, visit https://www.risingsunphysicalrehab.com/.
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