When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, we had to figure out how to accomplish almost everything from a safe distance. Thanks to modern technology, we were able to work, go to school, and even receive top-notch healthcare from the comfort and safety of our homes.
Even as the threat of the recent health crisis begins to abate, telemedicine can still play an invaluable role in how the team here at Arizona Urology expertly cares for our patients.
Whether you’re still concerned about COVID-19 or you need remote care for other reasons, explore how we can stay on top of your health through telemedicine.
What we can accomplish through telemedicine
Alongside the rest of the world, the team here at Arizona Urology learned quite a bit about what we can, and cannot, provide remotely. For obvious reasons, all procedures still require an in-person visit, but we’ve found that we’re able to offer a wide range of services from afar, including:
- Initial consults
- Follow-up visits after a procedure
- Prescription medication management
- Symptom reviews
- Ongoing monitoring
For example, if you think you have kidney stones, we can start with a telehealth visit to review your symptoms. If we find that there’s reason to investigate further, we have you come in so that we can use advanced imaging and testing to identify the problem.
Should we find kidney stones, we determine next steps. If we feel that we should remove them, we can go ahead and schedule that procedure. If watchful waiting and medications are in order, we can accomplish much of this through telemedicine, cutting down considerably on your need to visit our offices.
Even if we remove your kidney stones, we can monitor your recovery remotely through telemedicine.
Of course, this is just one example, and we understand that each case is different. If you prefer to receive your care through telemedicine, we make every effort to meet your needs, but it does depend upon your unique health concerns and our treatment recommendations.
The benefits of telemedicine
Our patients choose telemedicine whenever possible for a variety of reasons, including:
- Personal safety
- Time issues
Telemedicine is also extremely helpful for those who are unable to leave their home, whether due to illness, childcare concerns, or physical limitations.
While we acknowledge that remote care may not be as “hands-on” as in-person visits, you still receive the focused care of our health team. Not to mention, thanks to video technology, there is still interactive, one-on-one communication to ensure you’re being heard and cared for.
We also want to assure you that our telemedicine services are fully HIPAA-compliant as we value your privacy.
Our final point is that the use of telemedicine in the scope of urology care is now widely accepted, and the American Urological Association released this position statement on the practice.
If you would like to explore whether telemedicine can be a part of your urological care, please contact one of our locations in Goodyear, Glendale, Gilbert, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.