Telehealth can be described simply as healthcare that is carried out through telecommunications technology. A text message, a video call, and any other form of media can be used to allow a healthcare provider like the California Center for Sleep Disorders to communicate any sort of relevant data to patients. In general, the sky is the limit when it comes to telehealth. Doctors and patients can communicate through any sort of telecommunications platform—and new platforms are always being developed.
There are two general types of telehealth systems: real-time and store-and-forward. A real-time communication may involve a sleep specialist consulting with an existing patient over a live webcam or a doctor performing an extensive interview about medical history over the phone. Store-and-forward technologies involve the transmission of healthcare data in cases like sending a patient a follow-up summary of testing results.
There is a multitude of advantages for using telehealth services as a part of your comprehensive health care plan. This form of health care enables more regular contact between the patient and the health care provider, which increases their chances of continuing care and informs them about their health care options.
What’s more, telehealth allows for patients to save time and money on travel to and from the sleep clinic for appointments. Finally, one of the best benefits of telehealth is it offers the opportunity for patients to receive quality healthcare from the comfort of their homes.
As the California Center for Sleep Disorders starts holding telehealth sessions, there are some stipulations to this service. These services are offered to pre-existing patients only. Our facilities will not be conducting new patient intake over telehealth.
Our providers will be able to discuss test results, provide education, discuss treatment options, and even conduct your annual visits all from a secure video that you can watch from any mobile device. Contact our headquarters if you have any questions about our new telehealth services.